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Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche's Genealogy
Christopher Janaway presents a full commentary on Nietzsche's most studied work, On the Genealogy of Morality, and combines close reading of key passages with an overview of Nietzsche's wider aims. Arguing that Nietzsche's goal is to pursue psychological and historical truths concerning the origins of modern moral values, Beyond Selflessness differs from other books on Nie ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published July 12th 2007)
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The book feels a bit disjointed owing to the breadth of topics addressed, some of which struck me as superfluous (e.g., chapters 5 and 10), and I'm not sure that Janaway does justice to his central claims about the philosophical import of Nietzsche's way of writing. Nonetheless, other chapters offer terrific insight into Nietzsche's thought (I found 12-14 especially stimulating), and the text as a whole is a valuable supplement to those tackling the Genealogy. In sum, highly recommended.
Christopher Janaway (BA, DPhil Oxford) is a philosopher and author. Before moving to Southampton in 2005, Janaway taught at the University of Sydney and Birkbeck, University of London. His recent research has been on Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and aesthetics. Janaway currently lectures at the University of Southampton, including a module focusing on Nietzsche.More about Christopher Janaway...