Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most influential thinkers of the past hundred and fifty years and On the Genealogy of Morality (1887) is his most important work on morality. A polemical contribution to moral and political theory, it offers a critique of moral values and traces the historical evolution of concepts such as guilt, conscience, responsibility, law, and justice. It is a text affording valuable insight into Nietzsche's assessment of modern times and how he envisaged a possible overcoming of the epoch of nihilism. Nietzsche himself emphasised the cumulative nature of his work and the necessity for correct understanding of the later as a development of the earlier. This volume contains new translations of the Genealogy and of The Greek State and sections from other of Nietzsche's work to which he refers within it (Human All Too Human, Daybreak, The Joyful Science, and Beyond Good and Evil).
• New translations relating key text to earlier Nietzsche works, translating relevant sections in full • Introduction aimed at students of political theory and the history of ideas • Ansell-Pearson author of textbook introducing Nietzsche's political thought (Cambridge, 1994)
Introduction; Chronology of Nietzsche's life; Bibliography; Biographical Synopses; A Genealogy of Morality; The Greek State; Sections from Human all Too Human, Daybreak, The Joyful Science; Beyond Good and Evil.