If you are researching the falsity and deleterious effects of traditional morality, then this book is for you. It aims to show you the value of morality. The work is essential reading for anyone who wishes to learn about the development of modern philosophy.
The work consists of three essays, each one examining some aspects of the historical development of modern moral concepts. The author's purpose here, as in his other works, is to expose the falsity and deleterious effects of traditional morality, especially the morality of Christianity.
The author’s central concern is the value of morality, something traditional philosophers have not questioned. To address this question of value, he asserts, we need a history of moral systems, morality as it has actually been practiced. If we do that, we will come to understand that many of the values we assume to be true are, in fact, the product of particular historical circumstances, especially of the revolt of the slave classes against their masters and the consequent inversion of values, which led to the creation and imposition of morality which, for all the good things one might say about it, made human beings sick and hindered their development as healthy, joyful creatures.
This book is an eloquent demonstration of the author’s remarkable talent for acute linguistic and psychological observation and of his formidable rhetorical gifts, here put to use in sustained arguments which depart somewhat from his earlier aphoristic style.