We continue with nineteenth century responses to the challenges of industrialisation and modernity, moving on from Mill's liberalism and Marx's communism, with a view which seeks to question the underlying value systems of European culture and to assert a new, life-affirming approach. Our text is On The Genealogy of Morality (the title is also translated in some editions as On The Genealogy of Morals) by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900), perhaps his most accomplished polemic attacking the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality and advocating a different approach.
Nietzsche, Friedrich, On The Genealogy of Morality - First, second and third essays
Different Class is a group dedicated to thinking critically about society and everyday life. Our discussions are focused on answering a question and we often use a reading to help gather our thoughts. Attendees don't need any special background knowledge to participate and it's fine if you find the text hard to get to grips with - that's part of what the discussion's for!