Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality
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Author(s): Daivd Owen  
ISBN: 1844651045
ISBN-13: 9781844651047
Publication Date: 30/06/2007
Pages: 192 (216 x 138mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £15.99
Discount Price: £12.79
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Combining philosophical acuity, psychological insight and a remarkably powerful prose style, On the Genealogy of Morality is a dazzling and brilliantly incisive attack on European morality. David Owen situates the Genealogy in the context of the development of Nietzsche's philosophy and offers readers a sophisticated and nuanced analysis of this great text. He provides a lucid account of Nietzsche’s reasons for adopting a “genealogical” investigation of our moral values as well as a detailed analysis of the Genealogy itself. Highlighting the key features of Nietzsche’s critique of morality and his call for a re-evaluation of values, Owen shows how the arguments and rhetoric of the Genealogy combine to undermine our modern understanding of moral agency. Rich in insight, Owen's book is a distinctive and significant contribution to our understanding of this landmark work of western philosophy.


"Owen's book will be found valuable by beginners as well as by advanced students and scholars of Nietzsche. It is one of the clearest and most powerful statements of Nietzsche's case in On the Genealogy of Morality." – Peter Poellner, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

“Written with admirable clarity and precision, and a great deal of philosophical acumen, David Owen’s introduction is indispensable for students seeking an understanding of core aspects of Nietzsche’s text and its figuration in recent philosophical debates.” – Keith Ansell-PearsonUniversity of Warwick

“David Owen has established himself in recent years as one of the most insightful readers of Nietzsche. In this book he not only sheds new light on Nietzsche's understandings of morality, but he shows conclusively Nietzsche's debt and differences to other moral and ethical theories.” – Tracy B. Strong, University of California, San Diego

David Owen is Professor of Social and Political Theory at the University of Southampton.


Part I: The Project of Re-evaluation and the Turn to Genealogy
1. Towards the Project of Re-evaluation
2. Revising the Project of Re-evaluation
3. Rhetoric and Re-evaluation
Part II: On the Genealogy of Morality
4. Reading the Genealogy
5. The First Essay: ‘Good and Evil’, ‘Good and Bad’
6. The Second Essay: ‘Guilt’, ‘Bad Conscience’, and Related Matters
7. The Third Essay: What is the Meaning of Ascetic Ideals?
8. Debating the Genealogy
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