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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,272 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Friedrich Nietzsche Narrator: Stephen Van Dore Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is one of the most important works written by Nietzsche and represents his attempt to sum up his philosophy. The great nineteenth-century philosopher refines his previously expressed ideal of the superman in this work, a fascinating examination of human values and morality. It takes up and expands on the ideas of his previous work, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but approaches it from a more critical, polemical stance. In nine parts, this book is designed to give listeners a comprehensive idea of Nietzsche’s thought and style.

In Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche attacks past philosophers for their alleged lack of critical sense and their blind acceptance of Christian premises in their consideration of morality. The work moves into the realm “beyond good and evil” in the sense of leaving behind the traditional morality, which Nietzsche subjects to a destructive critique, in favor of what he regards as an affirmative approach that fearlessly confronts the contextual nature of knowledge and the perilous condition of the modern individual.

Of the four “late-period” writings of Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil most closely resembles the aphoristic style of his middle period. In it he exposes the deficiencies of those usually called “philosophers” and identifies the qualities of the “new philosophers”: imagination, self-assertion, danger, originality, and the “creation of values.” Religion and the master and slave moralities feature prominently as Nietzsche re-evaluates deeply-held humanistic beliefs, portraying even domination, appropriation, and injury to the weak as not universally objectionable.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nathan Cobb | 2/20/2014

    " I am still reading this one. I got a bit stuck on a section where he is just tossing out little one sentence thoughts. I find it very distracting when they use a latin phrase and then immediately follow it with the english translation. I can only hope that this was not how the original text was written. I expect to get back to it but for now... it will gather some dust. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana | 2/10/2014

    " Sometimes I get bummed out because I feel alone because people don't really seem to see the world the way I do. What's more, I actually start to believe that there is something wrong with ME, because I can't relate well to other people. And then I read this book, or others like it (Lacan) and I realize that this is just the way things go for people like me. I definitely relate to Nietzche's idea of the superior man, and his call for more FREE thinkers, and his condemnation of the common man. He also pointed out some ways in which I wasn't as 'superior' as I ought to be. An excellent read. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Curtis | 2/6/2014

    " I appreciate this great thinker, but he is just too depressing and without hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeremiah | 1/30/2014

    " This is essential reading for anyone interested in philosophy of ethics and the best introduction to Nietzsche. BGaE is an important work as it critically examines the ethical and philosophic systems that preceeded it. Nietzsche's writing is throught provoking and often difficult. Many will not find it convincing as many of his ideas are put forward without support or in a manner of building agreement with the reader. I find Nietzsche's ethics troubling as they seem to come from a position of superiority to the average person and based on a very dim view of humanity in general. One can draw a straight line from Nietzschean ethics to Ayn Rand's cold objectivism and perhaps the Nazis conception of the ubermensch (many have made this connection) A system of ethics needs to be based compassion for humanity, even its ordinary members and in spite of our weaknesses. Tolstoy sees this. Nietzsche does not. Also, I think a philosopher can benefit from some humility and the understanding that there are many ways to be wise. It is the fault of an elitist to conflate lack of education with stupidity. "

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About the Author
Author Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a nineteenth-century German-born philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive German language style. In 1889 he exhibited symptoms of insanity and lived his remaining years in the care of his mother and sister. His ideas exercised a major influence on several prominent European philosophers, including Martin Heidegger, Albert Camus, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

About the Narrator

Stephen Van Doren is new to the narration side of audiobook production, having spent some years on the production side, and over a decade in the completely unrelated field of online software development. He lives in Denver and is working on completing his first novel.