Be­yond Good and Evil by Friedrich Ni­et­zsche

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By H.G. Has­san

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.

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