Beyond Good and Evil | Study Guide

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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Beyond Good and Evil | Glossary


affects: (n) feelings; in this text, overtones of Baruch Spinoza's "affectus," which is a motivation to act stimulated by a feeling

cant: (n) hypocritical talk about religion, politics, or social issues; phony pronouncements

categorical imperative: (n) universal law; a specific term in Kantian philosophy referring to an unconditional requirement that remains the same in all circumstances

causa prima: (n) first cause; prime mover; God; creation of the world

causa sui: (n) self-generated cause; self-designated purpose of existence

dialectical: (adj) relating to the juxtaposition of opposing forces

epiphenomenon: (n) a secondary phenomenon and therefore a secondary effect

metaphysical: (adj) relating to metaphysics, i.e., something that does not appear in the material realm but is thought to belong to or exist in the immaterial realm

phenomenon: (n) an object or action of perception that the mind notices

philology: (n) the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages

reify: (v) to bestow form and content; to make something more concrete or real

supersensible: (adj) above or beyond what is perceived by the senses

Tartuffery: (n) hypocrisy; based on a character in a play by French playwright Molière who is a pious (religious) fraud

teleological: (adj) relating to the explanation of phenomena by looking at end purposes, functions, or goals

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