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This is one of the most accessible of Nietzsche's works. It was published in 1887, a year after Beyond Good and Evil, and he intended it to be a continuation of the investigation into the theme of morality. In the first work, Nietzsche attacked the notion of morality as nothing more than institutionalised weakness, and he criticised past philosophers for their unquestionin ...more
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فرشاد
Nov 05, 2016 فرشاد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بارِ دیگر، نیچه و حقیقت! به راستی حقیقت چیست و نیچه چه میگوید؟ بگذارید توضیح دهم!

نیچه میگوید همهیِ زندگی انسان از آغاز تاکنون، بیهدف و بیمعنا بوده است. انسان، رنج میکشد و از خود میپرسد: "پس رنج من به خاطر چیست؟". او نمیتواند معنایی برای این رنج بیابد. اینجاست که دین وارد میشود. دین چه میگوید؟ میگوید: "البته که رنج تو مقصری دارد. خود تو!".

دین میگوید "انسان, گناهکار است و این رنج، همان کیفر گناهان است". این چنین یک معنا ساخته میشود. برای انسانِ دردمند، یک معنای بد، به هرحال بهتر از بیمعنایی است.

ام
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Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On The Genealogy of Morals is made up of three essays, all of which question and critique the value of our moral judgments based on a genealogical method whereby Nietzsche examines the origins and meanings of our different moral concepts.

The first essay, "'Good and Evil,' 'Good and Bad'" contrasts what Nietzsche calls "master morality" and "slave morality." Master morality was developed by the strong, healthy, and free, who saw their own happiness as good and named it thus. By contrast, they s
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Edward
Chronology
Introduction & Notes
Note on the Text and Translation
Further Reading


--Preface
--First Essay: 'Good and Evil', 'Good and Bad'
--Second Essay: 'Guilt', 'Bad Conscience' and Related Matters
--Third Essay: What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?

Notes
Jacob
Imagine that you are in a nameless suburb, say California for example, and you stumble home drunk on bad whiskey and stoned off of cheap weed. This is purely hypothetical. You hover over the toilet and puke up the bad whiskey and some nameless food substance. The next morning you sit on the toilet reading this book. You read the lines "the complete and definitive victory of atheism might free mankind of this whole feeling of guilty indebtedness towards its origin, its causa prima. Atheism and a ...more
ماهرعبد الرحمن
الجينيالوجيا تعني علم الأنساب، وهذه هي الترجمة العربية المتاحة والتي لا توفي المعنى الأصلي للكلمة حقه؛ بمعنى أنها ترجمة اختزالية وتلك قصة طويلة عن أزمة المصطلح التي تجعلنا نستخدم ونفضل اللفظ الأجنبي في أحيان كثيرة؛ لأنه الأفضل والأدق تعبيرا، والمكتمل المعنى.. وهذه المشكلة ليست مشكلة نقص كلمات في اللغة العربية، وإنما هي مشكلة نقص إنتاج معرفي، مشكلة تخلف حضاري..هذه المصطلحات هي جزء من مسيرة بُنى علمية ومنهجيات وفلسفة وجدل متواصل، بل إن المصطلح بذاته يتطور معرفيا؛ فجينيولوجيا نيتشه ليست هي جينيالوج ...more
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Dec 24, 2015 Nikos Tsentemeidis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Από τα πιο ώριμα έργα του Νίτσε και πιο "επίσημα" σε ύφος. Σίγουρα χρειάζεται κι άλλη ανάγνωση, αφού προηγηθούν τα πιο πρώιμα.

Δε χρειάζονται πολλά λόγια για τον Νίτσε. Πρόκειται για φιλόσοφο με τρομερή διαύγεια σκέψεων τις οποίες εκφράζει με αξιοσημείωτη ευθύτητα.
Kyle van Oosterum
Aug 03, 2015 Kyle van Oosterum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This treatise stands as the most sustained criticism of Judaeo-Christian values, or rather, the origin of said values. Nietzsche redefines them as the products of the brutal conditioning of our animal instincts over the centuries. The failure to retaliate became "goodness", fear into "humility", submission to those who one hates "obedience" and cowardice into "patience".

Discarding the methods of his contemporaries, Nietzsche comes up with a theory, which delineates how morals come to evolve wit
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Pooriya
Apr 19, 2013 Pooriya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, religious
مانیفستِ ضد اخلاق نیچه! نیچه در این کتاب کاری را که در ابتدا آغاز کرده بود و در آثار بعدی و به خصوص فراسوی نیک و بد ادامه داده بود به سرحدات خود میرساند. او با اخلاق میجنگد و جنگ خود را یکی از معلولهای خود آن اخلاق میداند.
نیچه در این اثر به خوبی واژگونگی مفاهیم را به ریشخند میگیرد و بیان میکند چگونه مفاهیم «نیک» اخلاق روزگاران گذشته امروز «شر» تفسیر میشوند و برعکس. او برای کار خود از زبانشناسی، تاریخ، اسطورهشناسی، فیزیولوژی، دین و حتی خود اخلاق برای اثبات مدعایش استفاده میکند و در بیشتر مواقع در
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Dylan Grant
A truly delightful intellectual romp that is both entertaining and disturbing.

It is entertaining because Nietzsche is an outrageously brilliant writer who expresses his complex philosophical ideas in a creative way, and who makes even the most cynical ideas sound beautiful. Nietzsche is truly blessed for having the analytical brain of a philosopher as well as masterful skill in sculpting beautiful phrases, like a poet.

It is disturbing because of Nietzsche's tremendous cynicism, which can often
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Gary
Jan 21, 2017 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three essays each coherent. This is Nietzsche's best work. Almost all of his major ideas lurk within this book. I would recommend the audio version. There's just something about Nietzsche that when he's read aloud you just feel the contempt and frustration you know he has for mankind and even the reader of his book.

He'll say the world needs artist and poets. He feels his truths and the reader feels them too. There's good and there's bad with Nietzsche. He has special dislike for women and femin
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Hamidreza Hosseini
ما اهل دانش رفته رفته به هرچه اهل ایمان است بدگمان شده ایم. و این بدگمانی ما را رفته رفته به نتیجه گیری هایی باژگونه ی نتیجه گیری های روزگاران پیشین رسانده است: یعنی هر جا که قوّت ایمان بسیار به نمایش گذاشته می شود، حکایت از ضعف برهان دارد و ناممکنی درونمایه ی ایمان. ما هیچ انکار نمی کنیم که ایمان مایه ی سعادت است، بلکه درست به همین دلیل بر آنیم که ایمان چیزی را اثبات نمی کند …
Lila Dimaki
Jan 20, 2016 Lila Dimaki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πιστεύω πως η κριτική μου σε ένα τέτοιο μεγαλειώδες έργο είναι ασήμαντη και περιττή.Θα περιοριστω στο να εκφράσω τον αμέριστο θαυμασμό μου για το μυαλό αυτού του Ανθρώπου.
Dana Garrett
It's difficult to identify what is most drudging about Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals. There is so much to choose from: the incessant implicit boasting of how the author transcends the puerile morality of the masses or the juvenile tirades against democracy and egalitarianism or the unmistakable misogyny (rife in his other writings as well) or the flimsily concealed antisemitism (Nietzsche's denunciations of blatant antisemitism notwithstanding) or the brutish exaltation of violence and conques ...more
Said Abuzeineh
Feb 15, 2016 Said Abuzeineh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكتاب وكتابان سيتلوانه هما (غسق الأوثان، ونقيض المسيح) هما ذروة فلسفته وأكثر صورها وضوحا وجرأة وإفصاحا عن نظريته في انحلال الغرب
في هذا الكتاب يروي نيتشه قصة الأخلاق من وجهة نظره كيف نشأت ويرد نشأتها إلى صورة صراع طبيعي بين السادة والعبيد
وهو يسر د التحول الذي نشأت فيه الأخلاق عند العبيد كرد فعل على تفوق الأسياد.

وما يهمنا في أعمال نيتشه عند هذه النقطة هو أنه ما أوغلنا فيها إلا وبان لنا عميق صلة فلسفته بنظرة ابن خلدون للطبيعة الصراعية للتاريخ ، وأعني طبيعة التغلب وطلب المجد ، وأن هذه الفلسفة
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Grace
Mar 30, 2011 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable, once I got into it. I would recommend to anyone wanted to make a start with Nietzsche, and it's really short too. He was obviously a very troubled man as well as a bit of a psychologist. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't give a second thought to my opinion though - I'm definitely one of the sick. From a history of ideas point of view, his take-up of ideas about degeneration and frequent health and illness related metaphors are particularly useful. And good to read in conjunction with Fo ...more
Roy Lotz
For all his brilliance, Nietzsche was not one for exposition or systematic investigation. He writes in impassioned bursts rather than extended thoughts—a style in keeping with his abhorrence for all things stale, academic, and ‘English’. This quality is evident right from the preface, which is divided into several shorter prefaces. These frequent breaks are maintained throughout the book, each essay being divided into chunks too short for subchapters, but too long for aphorisms.

On one level, thi
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Dustyn Hessie
Feb 14, 2012 Dustyn Hessie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Thinkers
Recommended to Dustyn by: Michel Foucault
I think it will be useful for future readers that I point out a few of Nietzsche's highly problematic ideas in this book (this book is not one of my favorite Nietzsche books, but it's still full of great ideas):

1) Nietzsche goes a little too far in his attack of dirtiness when he states that we should segregate the sick from the healthy, he suggests that the healthy and happy men should, "keep clear of the madhouses and hospitals". Didn't Nietzsche spend quite a lot of time in a madhouse?

2) He
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عهد زرزور
القلق النيتشاوي الذي يبعثه في مباحثه الثلاثة *الخير والشر * الضمير المتعب *المثل الزهدية،
هذا القلق الذي بتّ في أمر حقيقة عدم وجوده رغم سخريته ممن يدعي امتلاك كنه الحقيقة، يوصلك إلى أبعاد أخرى غير التي قصدها، من غيرالعقلاني أن أضع تقييماً للكتاب من موقف نيتشه اتجاه الدين والروحانيات وإلا لكنت احترزت من قراءته أصلاً،
في النهاية الإنعكاسات الإجتماعية والسياسية لأية افكار تجعل لها مساحات جيدة وكثيرة قابلة للفرد والإلغاء وخاصة في مراحل الإنحطاط الحضاري، ومراحل الإنغلاق على التاريخ والقيم والشيء الجاهز
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Zineb Zoulali
Mar 01, 2017 Zineb Zoulali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جنيالوجيا الاخلاق تناول فيه نيتشه تعريف الاخلاق و ضدها الخير,الشر و الحسن,القبيح . شرح رؤيته لأصول القوانين الاخلاقية ومن وجهة نظره ترد نشأت الاخلاق الى صورة صراع طبيعي بين السادة و العبيد و هو يسرد التحول الذي نشات فيه الاخلاق عند العبيد كرد فعل على تفوق الاسياد
و وضح نيشه ما سعى التاريخ الى طمسه ,التاريخ البشري قائم على التناقض و الصراعات و العنف اخفيت حقائقها تحت ما يسمى بالاخلاق و القيم
Fadi
Apr 01, 2016 Fadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
"perhaps an even more ‘modern’, pleasure-seeking, voluptuous type who flirts with life as much as with the ascetic ideal, who uses the word ‘artist’ as a glove and commandeers for himself the praise of contemplation: oh, how thirsty these cloying wits make me even for ascetics and winter landscapes! No! Let such ‘contemplative’ people go to the devil! I would vastly prefer to wander through the most sombre, grey, cold mists with those historic nihilists!"
Ahmed Azimov
Jan 26, 2013 Ahmed Azimov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شوط اخر في سعي الانسان الى الشقاء بتفسيراتٍ حياتيّه تزيد من جرعته، فالانسان اعجز من أن يبرر ذاته أو يؤكدها، فيبقى شقيّا أمام حياته ومعناها

من أرفع الأعمال النيتشويه بجوار زرادشت وماوراء الخير والشر
Ahmad Abdelhady
"الكتاب ممكن نعتبره تفسير لجملته المشهورة "في هكذا تكلم زرادشت

"كم هزئت من أولئك الضعفاء الذين يعتبرون أنفسهم صالحين لمجرد أن لا مخالب لهم "


Mustafa Hamdy
مُرعب ، مُرعب جداّ !
Sara
Mar 23, 2017 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, 2017
Esto es lo que significa el ideal ascético: que algo faltaba, que un vacío inmenso rodeaba al hombre, -este no sabía justificarse, explicarse, afirmarse a sí mismo, sufría del problema de su sentido. Sufría también por otras causas, en lo principal era una animal enfermizo: pero su problema no era el sufrimiento mismo, sino el que faltase la respuesta al grito de la pregunta: "¿para qué sufrir?". El hombre, el animal más valiente y más acostumbrado a sufrir, no niega en sí el sufrimiento: lo qui ...more
John Pistelli
I feel like I've been reading this book all my life, but I've never done it carefully and cover to cover before. I first tried it when I was too young to understand (18 or 19--a crack-spined copy purchased at a now-defunct occult shop on the South Side of Pittsburgh), then again in the summer of 2003, when I did understand a bit, more than I wanted; it put me off Nietzsche for a while--the description of the beast of prey, performing murder, rape, and arson like a schoolboy playing a prank, soun ...more
Michael Arnold
Oct 08, 2016 Michael Arnold rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is, in some ways, a crash course in Nietzsche's ideas of ethics and morals. The second essay is by far the best and most complex, even if it is anthropology and cultural psychology more than philosophy - actually the same is true of the first essay too. The third essay is more like an extension of The Birth of Tragedy. Honestly, I'm not fully sure what the last essay is doing in this book. Over all, this book has a lot of good answers and poses a lot of good questions ... or is that the oth ...more
Domhnall
Apr 23, 2015 Domhnall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I found this the most accessible of Nietzsche's books because it comes closest - especially in the second essay - to a straight exposition of his theories. The trouble is I liked it too much to paraphrase anything. I will only give one quote, which you will notice is excessively lengthy:

Section 13: To give at least an idea of how uncertain, how supplemental, how accidental the “meaning” of punishment is, and how one and the same procedure can be employed, interpreted, adapted to ends that differ
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Sheldon L
Aug 02, 2011 Sheldon L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this stunningly awesome book, Nietzsche investigates the origins of morality!

Unlike other philosophers who look for the origins of morality in utility (i.e. what is good is what is useful qualitatively not quantitatively to most persons), Nietzsche conducts an etymology of sin and morals.

Surprisingly, the root words of moral actions have several links with ideas of nobility and slavery.
Nietzsche fleshes this out as the opposition of master/noble morality vs. slave morality.

The master morality
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saizine
Mar 06, 2015 saizine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche's On The Genealogy of Morals is an interesting one - I find it difficult to say that I liked the book, for 'like' seems to be an inadequate moniker for how I approached the work. I enjoyed the read, not because I agree with everything Nietzsche writes and not because I found the structure compelling or the argument entirely cohesive, but because reading Genealogy makes you think and encourages critical engagement: Do value systems have inherent value? Have morals always been as we conc ...more
Trilok
Jan 04, 2011 Trilok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once in a while something so truly shocking is written that even if you don't agree with what the author says, it still makes you take stock and examine your beliefs. This Essay by Nietzsche made me question the nature of my conscience and made me realize how much guilt is a part of it. I had read "Thus spoke Zarathustra" by Nietzsche before, but it didn't have the same effect on me. This may have come along at a key point in my life, or perhaps, it really is a phenomenal Essay.
I gave it 4 star
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844–1900) is a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the ide ...more
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