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Beyond Good and Evil is one of the most remarkable and influential books of the nineteenth century.
Like Thus Spoke Zarathustra, which had immediately preceded it, Beyond Good and Evil represents Nietzsche’s attempt to sum up his philosophy—but in less flamboyant and more systematic form.
Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche’s position as the towering European philosopher of his age.
The work dramatically rejects the tradition of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil.
Instead, Nietzsche argues that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a ‘slave morality’ and demands that the individual imposes their own ‘will to power’ upon the world.
The nine sections of Beyond Good and Evil are designed to give the reader a wide-ranging idea of Nietzsche’s thought and style: they span “The Prejudices of Philosophers,” “The Free Spirit,” religion, morals, scholarship, “Our Virtues,” “Peoples and Fatherlands,” and “What is Noble,” as well as a chapter of epigrams and a concluding poem.