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Analysis of Nietzche's Genealogy of Morals

Analysis of Nietzche's Genealogy of Morals


The genealogical method is the basis of Friedrich Nietzsche’s work On the Genealogy of Morals. Nietzsche’s genealogy can be illustrated as a way to investigate values. The investigation of values, points out, how certain values were originally initiated. Nietzsche’s genealogy also presents a critique, by Nietzsche himself, on already established values. Nietzsche’s genealogy also creates a future in a revolutionary manner values.


In order to understand the Nietzsche’s genealogical method one must first analyze the parts that make it work. One area to analyze is Nietzsche’s critical reversals. He feels that the current values, which are imbedded into society, are in some way a reversal of actual truth. Nietzsche wants society to consider the concept that values that seem to exhibit goodness actually to the reverse. A prime example of critical reversals can be seen in Nietzsche’s concept of Good and Evil vs. Good and Bad.


From Nietzsche’s viewpoint, to fully understand the concepts of Good and Evil vs. Good and Bad, one must first understand certain how moral systems developed and how culture played a role in its development. Nietzsche felt that moral systems were not created by exterior beings. He feels that moral systems are developed from within a society.

Nietzsche feels that there were two categories for morality. The initial morality conveyed was a Master Morality. This was the morality illustrated by the nobles in the times of Ancient Greece.

To better understand the Master morality one must first analyze the thinking of the Nobles. The nobles felt a pathos of distance over their slaves. Pathos of distance is a feeling in which the nobles feel completely set apart from the slaves. The nobles also felt they had the lordly right of giving names. In this concept the rulers control the language. They define the meaning of words. In the concept of master morality the word good means noble, aristocratic, privileged, truthful, master etc. The word bad means common, low simple, plain or in other words the word described a slave.


This brings Nietzsche to the concept of Good vs. Bad, which is the main basis for master morality. In the concept of Good vs. Bad, there is no resentment of the slaves on the part of the nobles. ...

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