Nietzsche and morality

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.

Reading

Nietzsche, Friedrich, On The Genealogy of Morality - First, second and third essays

Online
http://www.inp.uw.edu.pl/mdsie/Political_Thought/GeneologyofMorals.pdf

Physical
http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/philosophy-psychology-social-sciences/nietzsche-on-the-genealogy-of,keith-ansellpearson-carol-diethe-9780521691635

As ever, you're encouraged to read the text in advance so that you can make a full contribution to the discussion.

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  • Juanjo

    That was fun. A pity we didn't have time to discuss the figure of the priest and whether Nietzsche was a visionary. Maybe a quote can do: the musician, like Wagner, "became now an oracle, a priest, nay, more than a priest, a kind of mouthpiece for the "intrinsic essence of things", a telephone (sic) from the other world"

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very enjoyable evenings discussion.
    with regards
    Kevin

    November 14, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting and wide ranging discussion from which I learned but perhaps the meeting should have been limited to 90 minutes

    November 14, 2013

    • Christiaan

      Perhaps an understanding that we are free to leave when we get tired. I was wishing it could carry on longer.

      November 14, 2013

  • Christiaan

    Thanks for letting me leach off the group's knowledge. Would have liked to hear a little more from the defence and a little less from the prosecution.

    November 14, 2013

  • Nathan C.

    I enjoyed last night very much, lots of interesting contributions and insights - I'm just sorry I had to leave early!

    November 14, 2013

  • Alice

    Good to hear different takes on such a divisive figure. Well introduced and led without ego as ever.

    November 13, 2013

  • Sami H.

    Hi, I'm not in London this week. But I wish you a great debate! Sami

    November 12, 2013

  • Luke G.

    I unfortunately won't be able to make this next reading. Apologies, but I look forward to the next one. Cheers

    November 2, 2013

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