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On the Genealogy of Morals Summary
Friedrich Nietzsche

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Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Genealogy of Morals" is a non-fiction somewhat historical and philosophical discussion of the origin of morality and related concepts in mankind. Main body of the book is comprised of three separate but related essays written by the author dealing with the concepts of good and evil, guilt and bad conscience and meaning of ascetic ideals. Nietzsche comments on some historical events in the civilization of man in society over centuries to support his case for mankind's current condition in the late nineteenth century.

Nietzsche writes The Genealogy as a critique to an associates book that he uses as a template for this work. This approach enables Nietzsche to write in a more cohesive and sustained manner than many of his other works. The Genealogy's three essays are on Christian morality. The first essay contrasts master and slave morality, called noble and herd morality. He claims...

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