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If ever there was a thinker who swam against the social and ethical tide of his day, it was Nietzsche. Nineteenth-century Europe was for him a moral wasteland filled with false altruism, duplicity, double standards, and, worst of all, moral complacency. Nietzsche shocked his readers to the core by openly speaking their innermost thoughts: morality serves the social good, w ...more
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Published October 1st 1989 by Prometheus Books (first published 1886)
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Brandon Haukoos-Tischer As a primary English speaker, I bought the Walter Kaufmann translation which had annotations from Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Gilles Deleuze.…moreAs a primary English speaker, I bought the Walter Kaufmann translation which had annotations from Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Gilles Deleuze. These annotations really help with understanding the book, since Nietzsche uses a lot of obscure terms (he was a Philologist, after all) and references a lot of ideas that are most likely foreign to readers, (such as constructs of Stirnian Nihilism and Schopenhaur's writings) and the annotations all help guide the reader to a new plateau of understanding. This version of 'Beyond Good And Evil,' as well as some of his other writings can all be found translated into English and annotated in the volume "Basic Writings Of Nietzsche."(less)
Joel Nietzsche intentionally preferred a Latin style of essay writing over a German style. The emphasis is on the discussion, not a main argument. It's…moreNietzsche intentionally preferred a Latin style of essay writing over a German style. The emphasis is on the discussion, not a main argument. It's also a lot more speradic, artistic, and sometimes the topic is implied rather than clearly explained. (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
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 lone,
Mar 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Barry Pierce
Nietzsche, the original Meninist. #NotAllPhilosophers
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نیچه در این اثر در پی روشنگری است. اسپینوزا را با شمشیر منطق سر میبرد و بر دینداری ولتر میتازد. استدلال افلاطون را به ورطه تناقض میکشاند و با فلوبر اندوهناک همدردی میکند. نیچه در فراسوی نیک و بد، خواست زنان برای خواستن را تقبیح میکند و مردان مدافع این نظریه را ابلهان مینامد. فراسوی نیک و بد بیانگر نظریات انتقادی نیچه در راستای تبیین فلسفه آینده و تعریف فیلسوف جدید است. در فصل پایانی کتاب، نیچه مفهوم "والا " را شرح میدهد و کار را بدست جان های آزاده میگذارد. در تعبیری بی نهایت افسونگر جان های آزاد ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Diamond Cowboy
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*sighs* This is a difficult book. It's taking me a while to read and nietzsche's egocentric bizarre poetic prose is twisting my melon man.

Nietzsche, Nietzsche, Nietzsche, your alternative position on morality, your 'will to power', your fucking sexism is giving me a headache. I used to think that Nietzsche's 'good means bad and bad means good' was really cool. It was my type of philosophy, I thought. Yes Nietzsche, Art SHOULD make you think and who is to say what is right anyway? I'm down with b
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 truth and knowledge. Therein lies his true contribution.

Much that is said about Nietzsche is ridiculously point-missing and amounts to no more than a nitpicking over details that are peripheral to his system. Peripherals such as his virulent misogyny don't, I think, suffi
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
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
Feb 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 296 صفحه تشکیل شده و شاملِ 9 فصل و 296 قطعه میباشد
عزیزانم، بنظرم توضیح در موردِ فلسفۀ « نیچه» و نوشتنِ انشاء سراسر کلماتِ قصار و پرداختن به کیفیتِ این کتاب به دردِ شما فرزندانِ ایران نمیخورد، لذا برایِ آنکه با برخی از اندیشه هایِ « نیچه» و مسائلی که در این کتاب به آن پرداخته شده، بهتر آشنا شوید، به انتخاب برخی از متونِ این کتاب را در زیر برایتان مینویسم تا خودتان در آنها بیاندیشید... لازم به ذکر است که متنِ این که کتاب همچون اشعار به صورت قطعه قطعه نوشته شده است که م
Roy Lotz
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
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
Andrei Tamaş
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O scriere care ridica la rangul de lege paradoxul. Mi-a placut: constructiv si evolutiv.
Lecturarea filosofiei de sinteza nu e un proces ca oricare altul. Cel care -intamplator sau din capriciu- citeste filosofie, trebuie sa aiba mare grija: sa nu impartaseasca ideile ca atare, ci sa le aduca in fata unui -daca-mi permiteti sa-l numesc asa- "tribunal suprem al moralei", un tribunal cu un subiect si un obiect care sa disece eminamente fiecare celula a celor doua parti care sunt in proces: codul d
Jan 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As the philosopher Rolfe once said:

What a load of monkeyfuck.

Nietzsche sounds like a heavily upgraded version of the typical sexually frustrated teenager (it goes without saying that the latter take to Nietzsche's work like cats to tuna). The cornerstone of his hateful "philosophy" is shameless bigotry. He is convinced that there is such a thing as people that are "meant" to be "superior", that it is good for people to oppress each other in fierce master-slave relationships, that women are barel
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
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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ما وراء الخير والشر / لنيتشه
طبعا هذا من أهم المصادر الفلسفية ، إذا اردت أن تطلع علي فلسفة نيتشه الأخلاقية ، فلابد أن تمر علي هذا الكتاب ، بالإضافة لكتابه أفول الأصنام
فلا غني عن هذين الكتابين لمعرفة فلسفته
ما أعجبني في اسلوب نيتشه - بغض النظر عن أفكاره - أسلوب الخواطر الشعرية التي يعرض بها افكاره ، تذكرني بأسلوب جبران خليل جبران ، قلت هذا لأستاذتي فأخبرتني أن جبران بالفعل تأثر بنيتشه - ولم أكن أعلم هذا إلي أن قرأت عنه بالفعل / بالنسبة إلي تقييم الافكار ، بالطبع الأفكار لا تتناسب مع معتقداتي الدي
Friedrich Nietzsche seems to be a philosophical writer, who to me, has become a bigger legend than his own writing demands. Having read his work I found that I was surprised by both the wordiness and the repetitive nature of his actual writing. In fact to put it flippantly, most of his arguments in this book come down to: 'everything is meaningless and everything is subjective'. Of course that's a gross exaggeration but it is how Nietzsche reads to me. I challenge anyone else to explain to me wh ...more
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
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.
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
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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

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
‘I like it’ would be a bit of a stretch…it was ok. Reads like a sermon. His views on women are worthy of nothing more then an eye-roll.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Admittedly, Nietzsche grabs you immediately. His writing has a sensational style that is both lucid and over the top, his words spark on almost every page. For you folks who like your quotables they're everywhere here. But as you get deeper in, there's something startling in that it doesn't seem like he's saying much at all. That is, if you've followed the history of philosophy up to this point, there's nothing incredibly original here, it's just the way he says it. One of the large takeaways is ...more
سید مسعود حسینی
بعد از شاید 6 سال دوباره این کتاب رو خوندم. بارها از ته دل خندیدم از تصویرسازی های بی نظیر نیچه و هوش و ابتکاری که در متلک پرانی به خرج می ده: اینو ببینید

حکم ترکیبی پیشین چگونه ممکن است؟... [کانت پاسخ داد] به قوت یک قوه! ..مردم از [کشف] این قوه ی تازه سر از پا نمی شناختند!د
بدین ترتیب، ماه عسل فلسفه ی آلمان فرارسید و متالهان جوان حوزه ی علمیه ی توبینگن [هگل و هولدرلین و شلینگ] در پی یافتن "قوه" به بیشه ها شتافتند. و در آن روزگار چه ها که نیافتند - در آن روزگاری که روح آلمانی هنوز معصوم و پربار و
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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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“One must shed the bad taste of wanting to agree with many. "Good" is no longer good when one's neighbor mouths it. And how should there be a "common good"! The term contradicts itself: whatever can be common always has little value. In the end it must be as it is and always has been: great things remain for the great, abysses for the profound, nuances and shudders for the refined, and, in brief, all that is rare for the rare.” 345 likes
“Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.” 282 likes
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