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Nietzsche 101: "On the Genealogy of Morals" - week 3

We continue for our third week with Nietzsche's "On the Genealogy of Morals," picking up at section 10 in the second essay.


"To breed an animal with the right to make promises. - is not this the paradoxical task that nature has set itself in the case of man? is it not the real problem regarding man?"

The second essay is an exegesis (my opinion) of the opening remark quoted above.  

What is the paradox?  What is the problem?

We will move into the third essay "What Is the Meaning of Ascetic Ideals?"

"Unconcerned, mocking, violent - thus wisdom wants us: she is a woman and loves only a warrior."

The third essay is an exegesis (Nietzsche's statement) on the opening aphorism quoted above (from Thus Spoke Zarathustra).  This essay clarifies the intent (back to my opinion) of the other two essays, and is crucial in understanding Nietzsche's thought.


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  • Mike B.

    On Schama's History of the Jews (Sunday PBS) Wagner is portrayed as leading the way in the swing against the Jews in 19th-century Germany. Wagner supposedly claimed that the Jews will always be outsiders with no real claim on the German language or soil.

    June 1, 2014

    • Brian

      And that explains Nietzsches mustache how?

      1 · June 1, 2014

  • Nisha V.

    Lol!!

    May 31, 2014

  • Nisha V.

    Hey Rick - I really want to go but my parents will be visiting from out of town. Will def try to come the following Monday.

    May 29, 2014

    • Rick O.

      thanks - we look forward to your return next time - we'll go slow in the meantime

      May 31, 2014

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