6. On the genealogy of morals

6 On the genealogy - On the genealogy of morals Nietzshe Aims to criticize western morality Christian morality its reliance on the biblical

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On the genealogy of morals- Nietzshe Aims to criticize western morality- Christian morality- its reliance on the biblical dichotomy of good and evil Author wants to open to question what you normally take for granted- morality of good and evil- critique takes the form of tracing the genealogy (origin) of this dichotomy of good and evil Argues that this morality grew out of and undermined a more fundamental distinction- not between good and evil but between good and bad The noble classes saw themselves in terms of what is good- they defined what is good Common people- agreed with noble classes definition- became the bad The pathos (misery) of nobility- lasting and dominant feeling in of higher nature in relationship to lower nature- this is the origin of the opposition of good and bad- human beings do this, doesn’t come from god Difference between good and evil, good and bad- profound, fundamental difference- represent two different senses of morality- one sense is about acts- things that you’ve done (if you obey you’re good, if disobey you are bad or evil)- other sense is about character (if you are self-affirming have dignity, nobility, have respect for yourself then you are good)
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course ANTH 146 taught by Professor Evens during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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