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A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil

ISBN: 978-1-4443-0615-6
232 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
A Beginner
A concise and very readable summary of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, geared toward students embarking on their studies and general readers. It is an ideal companion for those new to the study of this challenging and often misunderstood classic.
  • Offers clear explanations of the central themes and ideas, terminology, and arguments
  • Includes a glossary of difficult terms as well as helpful biographical and historical information
  • Illustrates arguments and ideas with useful tables, diagrams, and images; and includes references to further readings
  • Forms part of a series of Guides designed specifically for A-level philosophy students by an experienced teacher and founder of the popular website Philosophy Online

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    List of Illustrations.

    Acknowledgements.

    Introduction.

    1. Background.

    Life of Nietzsche.

    Nineteenth-century Europe.

    Romanticism and German Idealism.

    Pessimism.

    German Politics.

    The Text.

    2. Explanation and Summary of Main Arguments.

    Introduction.

    Preface.

    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.

    3.Critical Themes.

    Introduction.

    Reality, Truth, and Philosophical Prejudice.

    Philosophical Prejudice.

    1 The will to truth.

    2 Faith in antithetical values.

    3 Distinction between appearance and reality.

    4 Atomism.

    5 Teleological explanation.

    6 Immediate certainty.

    7 Causa Sui.

    8 Reification.

    Nietzsche’s Anti-Realism.

    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.

    Ethical naturalism.

    A natural history of morality.

    Ressentiment.

    Will to power.

    Appendix: Overview of Beyond Good and Evil.

    Notes.

    Glossary.

    Bibliography and Suggested Reading.

    Notes.

    Index

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    Gareth Southwell taught at Swansea College of Further Education between 1998 and 2005, where he also developed online learning materials and educational websites. In his spare time, he developed PhilosophyOnline, the popular resource for both teachers and students. A graduate in English and Philosophy from Swansea University, Southwell is an assistant examiner for AQA, and has recently completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Newport. He also works as a freelance illustrator and has regularly published caricatures in The Philosophers' Magazine.
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    • Provides a concise, readable summary of the text
    • Offers clear explanations of the central themes and ideas, terminology, and arguments
    • Includes a glossary of difficult terms as well as helpful biographical and historical information
    • Illustrates arguments and ideas with useful tables, diagrams, and images and includes references to further readings
    • Forms part of a series of Guides designed specifically for A-level philosophy students by an experienced teacher and founder of the popular website Philosophy Online
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    "Anyone teaching Beyond Good and Evil will want to keep a copy of this close to hand. For those who are familiar with the texts it will help to reinvogorate their approach and for those teaching the text for the first time it will provide an excellent guide to the complexities of Nietzsche's ideas." George McWilliams, Head of Philosophy and Ethics, Ullswater Community College

    "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

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