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The Flame of EternityAn Interpretation of Nietzsche's Thought$
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Krzysztof Michalski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143460

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143460.001.0001

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Good and Evil, Joy and Pain

Good and Evil, Joy and Pain

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(p.32) III Good and Evil, Joy and Pain
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The Flame of Eternity
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Krzysztof Michalski

, Benjamin Paloff
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691143460.003.0003

This chapter posits an understanding of Nietzsche's “genealogy of morals.” The genealogy of morals is an attempt to show the dynamic hidden behind our moral concepts, the intractable tension that arises from the fact that these concepts are an expression of life and, accordingly, that each one of them is also a kind of power that can injure or destroy, as well as aid or liberate. It is an account of human life as it is, here and now, of the terror that lurks in its depths, as well as of our flight from it, if only, as today, into the pleasant slumber of contemporary culture; of the power of human life, which introduces into the world the only kind of meaning one can find there, and of its irremediable weakness, which adds falsehood and deception to the world and thereby makes it both habitable and interesting.

Keywords:   good, evil, morals, morality, moral concepts, contemporary culture, falsehood, deception

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