Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche(1844-1900) was a German Philosopher widely known for his narcissistic and antireligious views; he also happens to be the author of the infamous book, Beyond Good and Evil.
Beyond Good and Evil manages in 296 aphorisms (some of them as short as a few sentences, others covering many pages) to go against virtually every principle and moral upheld by society. Nietzsche also includes a poem and an afterword in which he criticizes every philosopher other than himself of dogmatism. Needless to say, this made him very unpopular amongst other philosophers, who claimed that Ni- etzsche was a narcissistic madman with even crazier ideologies.
Their claims were hard to disprove, given that he claimed to be a 'superman’, and stated that he could not believe in a God, since it was not himself. Though his selfcentered views on things alienated many people, his willingness to address the 'unaddressable' and say the unsayable did result in an inspiring ideology that people follow to this day. He also made a lot of undeniably witty remarks along the way.
Personally, one of my favorite quotes from his book is “What is done out of love is beyond Good and Evil," mainly because it makes me think that perhaps the man who started a new philosophical era was actually a romantic at heart. However, such conclusions are hard to uphold, since he goes on to assert that “Love of one is a piece of barbarism: for it is practiced at the expense of all others."
Nietzsche may well be one of the most intriguing and dangerous minds our world has ever produced. Having read Beyond Good and Evil myself, I can safely say that this is a book no Psychology or Philosophy major should fail to read.