A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Life of Nietzsche.
Romanticism and German Idealism.
2. Explanation and Summary of Main Arguments.
Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers.
Part Two: The Free Spirit.
Part Three: The Religious Nature.
Part Four: Maxims and Interludes.
Part Five: On the Natural History of Morals.
Part Six: We Scholars.
Part Seven: Our Virtues.
Part Eight: Peoples and Fatherlands.
Part Nine: What is Noble?.
From High Mountains: Epode.
Reality, Truth, and Philosophical Prejudice.
1 The will to truth.
2 Faith in antithetical values.
3 Distinction between appearance and reality.
5 Teleological explanation.
6 Immediate certainty.
7 Causa Sui.
God, Religion, and the Saint.
The question of God’s existence.
Religious neurosis and the saint.
Beyond pessimism: the Übermensch and the eternal return.
Morality, Ressentiment, and the Will to Power.
A natural history of morality.
Will to power.
Appendix: Overview of Beyond Good and Evil.
Bibliography and Suggested Reading.
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"Gareth Southwell’s Beginner’s Guide is an outstanding introduction to Nietzsche’s text: lively and approachable in tone, yet rigorous and insightful in its handling of the material. A comprehensive and well-informed treatment, this book judiciously blends detailed analysis and illuminating explanation with more wide-ranging discussion. It has some stand-out features that make it extremely helpful for the student, and represents an excellent guide not only to the text and its contexts, but more broadly to the terms and techniques of philosophical debate." Duncan Large, Swansea University and the Friedrich Nietzsche Society