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Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale with an introduction by Michael Tanner in Penguin Classics.

Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 27th 2003 by Penguin Classics (first published 1886)
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Nolan I read the teacher's edition of this book, which attempted to make the text more approachable from an educational standpoint, and it changed my life f…moreI read the teacher's edition of this book, which attempted to make the text more approachable from an educational standpoint, and it changed my life forever. I was 17 at the time, and it had a profound effect on me. The original text is admittedly difficult to approach, but with a little dialogue and explanation, it's beautifully inspired.

I hope that you can find the teacher's edition of the book, or maybe even look up course notes. Then you can go back and read the original text with greater satisfaction(less)

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J.G. Keely
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can think of few instances where an author's reputation is more different from the reality of who he was, what he believed, and what he wrote--perhaps only Machiavelli has been as profoundly misunderstood by history. Today, Nietzsche tends to be thought of as a depressive nihilist, a man who believed in nothing, and an apologist for the atrocities of fascism--but no description could be further from the truth.

There probably are not many men who had more reason than Nietzsche to feel resentful
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I recommend, but with a warning. The vast majority of people will not get much out of this book. Filtering through these reviews, I see a lot of people who are clearly not meant for Nietzsche's writing. They tend to fall under a couple of categories
1) Easily Offended: when Nietzsche says something they find offensive, they are turned off reading the book. Nietzsche will offend you. However...
2) People who make a superficial reading and criticize accordingly. This follows from 1. Those who are in
Beyond Good and Evil simplified
- by Nietzsche's Ghost (with the borrowed use of an uncouth female GR reviewer's desktop)

i)I hate Germans and their silly jingoistic sense of self-worth.

ii)Women are fucking stupid and have no depth. 'They're not even shallow.'
"It is with Germans almost as it is with women: one never fathoms their depths; they don't have any, that is all."

iii)No bloody German university or professor spares a thought for my writings. Miserable old fools. I approve of the l
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Friedrich Nietzsche was an angry little man who protected himself from the Mean Old World by swaddling himself in an exaggerated ego (and an even more exaggerated moustache).

Rather than suggest that you read any or all of his works, I've taken the liberty of creating a "Nietzsche Book Generator" that you can use to construct your very own philosophical tomes, in the comfort of your own home!

Just follow these simple steps:

1) Make one or more completel
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
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290. Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.

If Nietzsche had started here – rather than nearly ending with this thought – he might have been more comprehensible. His readers might have said – ‘oh, right, so that is how it is going to be, is it? We’re dealing with some smart-arse that is going to play games with us – well, play away…’

But, he doesn’t start here – he starts here:

“SUPPOSING that Truth is a woman--what then?”

Now, my lecturer at university go
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jenseits von Gut und Böse: Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft = Beyond good and evil, Friedrich Nietzsche

In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche accuses past philosophers of lacking critical sense and blindly accepting dogmatic premises in their consideration of morality.

Specifically, he accuses them of founding grand metaphysical systems upon the faith that the good man is the opposite of the evil man, rather than just a different expression of the same basic impulses that find more direct exp
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A bit of well-meaning advice right at the start: don't read Nietzsche for moral insight or you'll drive yourself insane with rage, or else inhale some of the poison gas here. Read him instead for his insights into the nature of value, truth and knowledge. Nietzsche angers us most when he most successfully shows us how naked we humans are without our most cherished faiths - whether it be in human nature, natural law, the power of reason, or in a transcendent being to ground our incomplete, finite ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche definitely had the Will to Power. The Power to Argue Logically, Employing Thoroughly Supported, Well-Developed Premises and Reaching Incisive, Cogent Conclusions…not so much. Still, I did find quite a few of his wittily-phrased sass attacks pretty entertaining. Mostly.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why exactly, should I strive to be kind, and not cruel? Why am I being taught to be fair and not selfish all my life? Why should I subscribe to equal rights, non discrimination, egalitarianism and freedom of speech?

Nietzsche posits that the above mentioned virtues and aesthetic and or moral imperatives (or indeed any imperatives) are merely legacy, the result of Darwinian (although he does not use this word) qualities which have ensured the survival and prosperity of the ‘issuing’ authority. Goo
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beyond Good and Evil is a profound book about the Power, passion, and love of individuals. Nietzsche offers us in this book a way of life, in which one's Will to Power is the fundamental principle of society, and the individual.

Nietzsche criticizes every philosophy hitherto, as having been deceived by a presupposed moral system, or at least a moral end-goal, therefore not reaching for truth, rather, making truths so as to validate its moral preachings.

Christianity too, fell into the trap of valu
Steven Walle
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the writings of this philosopher. The author was a strong thinker of the eighteen hundreds. His philosophy goes strongly against the western thought of Christianity. Instead of the slave morality that Christianity imbrases, his philosophy celebrates living in the moment.
I recommend this book to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Roy Lotz
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a strange book this is. I’m not sure that I am comfortable labeling it “philosophy.” Thoughtful, yes. Interesting, definitely. Philosophical, sure. But philosophy?

Nietzsche is a powerful and brilliant writer. His prose, swift; his sentences, roving; his tone, pugnacious. But I frequently wished he would decelerate from his brisk allegro to a moderato, to a tempo where he can better express his ideas systematically. But perhaps that’s not the point. After all, Nietzsche was aiming for destru
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Beyond Good and Evil has made for an informative and thought-provoking experience. I did not appreciate this as much as The Antichrist, but still, this book holds some rather valuable points, and I'm glad to have finally read it.

To appreciate Nietzsche, it helps to not be easily offended. I am aware of people that are put off by something that he may have stated in his writings, and therefore, they just make the rather odd presumption, that Nietzsche was in fact, a moron. As a feminist, it is e
Saadia B. ||  CritiConscience
Started the book very enthusiastically but it was way too difficult to comprehend. Requires a lot of time and concentration in order to understand the book and writer’s point of view.

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Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with my review of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the below comprises the notes I jotted down—deciphered as best could be managed against the near hieroglyphic obfuscation of the chicken riot I call handwriting—when this was read some dozen or so years ago. As I failed to consistently make clear what were Nietzsche's words, as set against my own thoughts on the latter, the non-italicized portions may represent one giant act of plagiarizing. Luckily for me, the man seldom presented himself as possessi ...more
Aug 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Although not what I expected, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil was a more than satisfying meditation on morality. It wasn't what I expected because most of Nietzsche's words were spent prophesying about and discussing the "herd" mentality of democracy's slave culture, which prepares us for his final, magnificent essay, "What is Noble," but the overthrowing of my expectations was never a problem.

Too many pass over Nietzsche because they are pre-offended, missing what is powerful and vital in his
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The hardest part of this whole process is to declare this book as "read". I'm not done with it. I've reread chapters, flipped back and forth to weave the necessary web to link up the scattered pieces, the clues. I've reread and re-interpreted aphorisms over and over... how can I say I'm "done" when I'm only becoming acquainted?

I wish I have something conclusive and clever to say about this book, but the only conclusive thing I can come up with is that this book treats you like a beast of burden
Jan 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
The passage which really summed up this book for me was "Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood." Yep, right there. It's what annoys me about a lot of philosophy - I just want people to be able to write clearly and honestly about what they actually mean. Nietzsche's language is so dense and impenetrable (and clearly deliberately so) that it is frustrating to read. There's definitely a whiff of the emperor's new clothes about this book.

And don't get me s
Christopher Robin
so... God is dead,
any questions?

no, he never existed, he's another chain or anchor that man put on himself to limit potential, and yet another means of putting a limit on personal freedom. Now that the Judeo-Christian moral code, and other moral codes like it have been laid to rest, we can finally make something of ourselves.
Nietzsche makes the claim that he is here to clear the way for the coming Ubermensch much in the same way that John the Baptist claimed to clear the way for Christ.
I guess t
David Huff
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Dur Wille zur Macht” (the Will to Power): what Nietzsche saw as the prime motivator in the lives of mankind: ambition, achievement, the struggle to reach as high as possible with one’s life. Often contrasted with Viktor Frankl’s view (Meaning) and Freud’s view (Pleasure).

This was one of my main takeaways from “Beyond Good and Evil” (BGE), my first foray into Nietzsche’s writings. BGE is a series of 9 essays and a concluding poem (“Aftersong”). Each essay is subdivided into smaller, consecutivel
4.0 stars. It has been a long time since I read this (almost 20 years) and so I do not remember a ton about the subject matter and this is on my list to re-read in the near future. Therefore, without getting into the merits of Nietzsche's arguments, I do remember this being a fascinating philosophical discussion with some interesting ideas on the basis and nature of morality that looked at many of our preconceived ideas in a new light. ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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With a philosopher nothing at all is impersonal.

As an armchair Platonist, I had a personal aversion to Nietzsche, whose whole purpose in life seemed to be to overthrow Platonism. After reading "Beyond Good and Evil", however, my attitude changed from aversion to pity, that is, pity in the Nietzschean sense.

To illustrate my view of Nietzsche and his relation to Plato, let me introduce a Chinese fictional/mythical character, Sun Wukong (孙悟空), also known as the Monkey King. The Monkey King challeng
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Nietzsche presents a difficult, possibly contradictory array of views on the subjects of society, morality and history. I am certain that he wouldn't take offense to our picking-and-choosing among his philosophy- he wouldn't want to be taken dogmatically. To suggest that we find splendid truth in his writing alongside heinous invective would probably please him. He certainly wouldn't claim to have a monopoly on truth and wants us to come to our own conclusions.

In keeping with his othe
Difficult to rate this. Read as a group read and I'll be the first to admit that reading "philosophy" is not something that I'm usually drawn to.

I will say that the concepts put forward by Nietzsche did make me question. This was my first read of Nietzsche so wasn't too sure what to expect. I did find following his thoughts and arguments difficult to grasp at times so the group read was a massive help.

I know I didn't get as much out of Nietzsche as others in the group who are more familiar with
Justin Evans
Utterly meaningless star rating alert! BGE is really a great book, the best place to start with Nietzsche, I think, because it states his most important ideas in digestible chunks (unlike Zarathustra, which is so over-wrought and self-regarding that I have trouble even flicking through it), and has no aspirations towards unity (and so is unlike Genealogy of Morality, which achieves that unity at the price of being transparently silly). Friedrich works best in paragraphs, and that's what he gives ...more
John Martindale
Nietzsche is for the atheist what Charles Spurgeon was for Christian preachers. He has a creative way of saying things and this book is filled with one liners. He makes me think of a preacher, in that he says extreme things with absolute confidence, but does not back anything up or go into much depth. This book seemed to me not so much about going beyond good and evil, but rather a justification of evil. Alexander, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin and Mao in their rejecting the "slave" morality and embr ...more
In "Beyond Good and Evil", Nietzsche does not go with a grain of salt. His criticism of the democratic principle of equality leads him to take very radical positions which could offend individual humanist minds. This criticism would be (this is my interpretation) a logical continuation of the Christian principles of pity and charity. Indeed, to preserve themselves from the disgust of life and not to sink into an incurable pessimism, men hide from the truth through these principles defined as use ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to embrace the older writeup below as an example of what a weak reading of Nietzsche looks like. One of Nietzsche's major lines of arguments is that philosophy is a set of simplifications in part motivated by the will to ignorance; that is one makes oneself skeptical only to pursue an ideal of a philosophical system which will satisfy all questions in which the inquiry ceases. Nietzsche however firmly believes that is a simplification and indeed the onward progress is to critique an ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been hesitant to write this review simply because I have had so much fun re-reading this book, one which I consider, despite its small size, one of the most influential books on philosophy of the late 19th century. It is rare that one gets the chance to laugh at a philosopher's depictions of his art, but without a doubt, Nietzsche's vast knowledge and his almost flippant hard driving style combine to serve as a monumental explication of most of his philosophy.

Beyond Good and Evil is subti
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
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I saw many negative reviews for this work, most of which reflected something similar to "Nietzche is stupid" or "Sexists pig!" or, alas, even "This was too much to handle and therefore it sucks." So, seeing this incredibly biased, instantaneous hardening towards the subject, I felt the need the comment.

First of all, if the only thing one can say after reading a philosophical treatise is "That is entirely stupid," then one clearly isn't meant for the realm of philosophy, at least at this point in

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