Masters and Slaves

in Nietzsche

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192854148
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191776670 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Masters and Slaves

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‘Masters and Slaves’ discusses The Genealogy of Morals (GM), a sequel to Beyond Good and Evil. It is Nietzsche's most profound attempt to make sense of suffering, and of how other people have tried to make sense of it. The astounding twists and turns of GM, occasionally issuing in downright contradiction, are the result of Nietzsche's constant broodings on the variety of methods which people have developed for coping with it. In the Third Essay, he examines the varieties of asceticism practised by artists, philosophers, and priests. His very last remarks in this book are about the collapse of morality, hijacked by Christianity, as the will to truth gains self-consciousness.

Keywords: asceticism; Homer; morality; truth; will; will to power

Chapter.  2566 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Fiction, Novelists, and Prose Writers) ; 19th-Century Philosophy

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