Beyond Good and Evil : Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future
Outline: After kicking open the doors to twentieth-century philosophy in Thus Spake Zarathustra, the author refined his ideal of the superman with the 1886 publication of this book. Conventional morality is a sign of slavery, the author maintains, and the superman goes beyond good and evil in action, thought and creation. The author especially targets what he calls a "slave morality" that fosters herdlike quiescence and stigmatizes the "highest human types." In this pathbreaking work, the author's philosophical and literary powers are at their height: with devastating irony and flashing wit he gleefully dynamites centuries of accumulated conventional wisdom in metaphysics, morals, and psychology, clearing path for such twentieth-century innovators as Thomas Mann, Andre Gide, Sigmund Freund, George Bernard Show, Andre Malraux, and Jean-Paul Sartre, all of whom openly acknowledged their debt to him. Students of philosophy and literature as well as general readers will prize this rich sampling of the author's thought in an unabridged and inexpensive edition of one of the philosopher's most important works.
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