Beyond Good and Evil
By Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated by Helen Zimmern
The Complete Classic
Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future (German: Jenseits von Gut und Bose: Vorspiel einer Philosophie der Zukunft) is a book by philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche
, first published in 1886.
It draws on and expands the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but with a more critical and polemical approach.
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 expression in the evil man. The work moves into the realm "beyond good and evil" in the sense of leaving behind the traditional morality which Nietzsche subjects to a destructive critique in favour of what he regards as an affirmative approach that fearlessly confronts the perspectival nature of knowledge and the perilous condition of the modern individual.