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On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche
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Jun 06, 2007

it was amazing
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David This is a great book, Harpie. You best be lovin' it.

trivialchemy Oh, thanks for reminding me. Probably 4 stars is more appropriate, as the third essay really struggles in focus for someone like me who demands sequence and logic. But the power of the first two essays is sufficient to carry.

You know, I started reading this book when I was in college; sophomore, perhaps, and it literally frightened me. I couldn't finish. I was scared of what it meant.

Now that I'm (slightly) older, the effect is no less powerful, but it no longer feels to me like Nietzsche is undermining something particularly important or valuable. He's more explaining the way things are -- with a lucidity and bold intensity -- than he is attacking anything, or trying to supplant anything with his own paradigm. I hate this word because it's fraught, but he's more deconstructing than he is tearing down.

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