First published in 1886, Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future is another classic philoshophical work of Friedrich Nietzsche which expands the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spake Zarathustra, with a more critical and polemical approach. This 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. Excerpt from the book's Introduction Here, in spite of its name, is one of the most serious, profound, and original philosophical works. It offers a feast of good things to the morally and intellectually fastidious, which will take long to exhaust. There is really something new in the book much that is new Burke says, in his "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (p. 128), "We Englishmen] know that we have made no discoveries, and we think that no discoveries are to be made in morality." The latter statement, which still represents the general views of Englishmen, is now proved to be entirely mistaken. Discoveries have now been made in the realm of morals, which are perhaps even more practically important than all the discoveries in physical science; and it is to Nietzsche especially that we are indebted for those discoveries, which are set forth, in part at least, in this volume the very discoveries, in fact, which Burke himself required, in order to give a satisfactory answer to the French Revolutionists. ... -Thomas Common.
About the Author
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 - 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy. He became the youngest ever to hold the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel in 1869, at the age of 24. Era: 19th-century philosophy Region: Western philosophy School: Continental philosophy, German idealism, Metaphysical voluntarism Main interests: Aesthetics, Anti-foundationalism, Atheism, Ethics, Existentialism, Fact-value distinction, Metaphysics, Nihilism, Ontology, Philosophy of history, Poetry, Psychology, Tragedy, Value theory, Voluntarism Notable ideas: Apollonian and Dionysian, Ubermensch, Ressentiment "Will to power," "God is dead," Eternal return, Amor fati, Herd instinct, Tschandala, "Last man," Perspectivism, Master-slave morality, Transvaluation of values. Nietzschean affirmation "genealogy" Influences: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Heraclitus Johann Gottfried Herder, the French moralists, Voltaire, Friedrich Wilhelm Ritschl, Arthur Schopenhauer, Charles Darwin, Baruch Spinoza, Richard Wagner, Johann Joachim Winckelmann Influenced: Theodor W. Adorno, Roland Barthes, Georges Bataille, Jean Baudrillard, Menno ter Braak, Judith Butler, Joseph Campbell, Albert Camus, Emil Cioran, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Julius Evola, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Muhammad Iqbal, Karl Jaspers, Carl Jung, Anthony Ludovici, H. L. Mencken, Jordan Peterson, Ayn Rand, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Strauss, Bernard Williams, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Simon Vestdijk -Wikipedia