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Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality
A Critical Guide

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Simon May, Raymond Geuss, R. Lanier Anderson, Bernard Reginster, Brian Leiter, Peter Poellner, Nadeem Hussain, Paul Katsafanas, Lawrence Hatab, Peter Kail, Stephen Mulhall, Edward Harcourt, Christine Swanton, Aaron Ridley
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107437234

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  • On the Genealogy of Morality is Nietzsche’s most influential, provocative, and challenging work of ethics. In this volume of newly commissioned essays, fourteen leading philosophers offer fresh insights into many of the work’s central questions: How did our dominant values originate and what functions do they really serve? What future does the concept of “evil” have – and can it be revalued? What sorts of virtues and ideals does Nietzsche advocate, and are they necessarily incompatible with aspirations to democracy and a free society? What are the nature, role, and scope of genealogy in his critique of morality – and why doesn’t his own evaluative standard receive a genealogical critique? Taken together, this superb collection illuminates what a post-Christian and indeed post-moral life might look like, and asks to what extent Nietzsche’s Genealogy manages to move beyond morality.

    • Takes a fresh look at neglected questions about the Genealogy, and the themes of the work as a whole
    • Will give readers a 'state of the art' and comprehensive understanding not available in competing volumes of the Genealogy, and of Nietzsche's philosophy
    • Is the first volume of specially commissioned essays on this topic for several years
    • Has a good balance between established Nietzsche scholars, new 'stars' in the field and distinguished philosophers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a fine volume with a very impressive range, featuring genuinely new and, in some cases, provocative lines of interpretation. It will make an incisive contribution to discussion of this important text."
    --Duncan Large, Swansea University

    “This collection is a showcase for some of the best contemporary scholarship on the Genealogy of Morality, and will prove invaluable to both scholars of Nietzsche as well as moral philosophers with an interest in moral psychology. Taken together, these articles make an excellent argument for the vitality, modernity, and urgency of Nietzsche’s genealogical challenge to morality.’
    -Judith Norman, Trinity University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107437234
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Note on texts, translations, references
    Introduction Simon May
    1. The future of evil Raymond Geuss
    2. On the nobility of Nietzsche's priests R. Lanier Anderson
    3. The genealogy of guilt Bernard Reginster
    4. Why Nietzsche is still in the morality game Simon May
    5. Who is the 'sovereign individual'? Nietzsche on freedom Brian Leiter
    6. Ressentiment and morality Peter Poellner
    7. The role of life in the Genealogy Nadeem Hussain
    8. The relevance of history for moral philosophy: a study of Nietzsche's Genealogy Paul Katsafanas
    9. Why would master morality surrender its power? Lawrence Hatab
    10. 'Genealogy' and the Genealogy Peter Kail
    11. The promising animal: the art of reading On the Genealogy of Morality as testimony Stephen Mulhall
    12. Nietzsche and the 'aesthetics of character' Edward Harcourt
    13. Nietzsche and the virtues of mature egoism Christine Swanton
    14. Une promesse de bonheur? Beauty in the Genealogy Aaron Ridley

  • Editor

    Simon May, King's College London
    Simon May is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at King's College, University of London. His monographs include Nietzsche's Ethics and His War on 'Morality' (1999), a book of his own aphorisms entitled Thinking Aloud: A Collection of Aphorisms (2009), and Love: A History (2011).


    Simon May, Raymond Geuss, R. Lanier Anderson, Bernard Reginster, Brian Leiter, Peter Poellner, Nadeem Hussain, Paul Katsafanas, Lawrence Hatab, Peter Kail, Stephen Mulhall, Edward Harcourt, Christine Swanton, Aaron Ridley

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