Morality is concerned with right and wrong, good and bad. While there are a number of different moral systems and they all justify their values in different ways, few of them disagree on exactly what those core values are. This is where Nietzsche comes in. In his On the Genealogy of Morals he does just this, calling our values into question by attempting to uncover exactly where they come from and, in the process, showing us that, far from tenets carved in stone we are beholden to, they are contingent rules we have ourselves devised. In this essay, I will outline and critically discuss a few of the key concepts from the book.
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On the Genealogy of Morals
Why do they do it? Nietzsche does not believe it is for science, but he Asks them to be brave and admit the ugly truth. They fail because they are not historical. Instead, they presuppose the good and seek it.
Nietzsche : Genealogy Of Morals
Part of my ongoing project to re-read On the Genealogy of Morals , sharing some thoughts as I go along. He wants people to turn out to be fundamentally active and self-determining. Nietzsche is an instinctive conspiracy theorist: he would also prefer to believe in malice than in passivity, inertness or coincidence.
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. Within his polemical treatise On the Genealogy of Morals Friedrich Nietzsche twists standard precepts of morality into a delicious pretzel barely recognizable from original conceptions.