The Genealogy of Morals

#133- Nietzsche on Resentment: The Genealogy of Morals Part 1

This week, Scott and Karl begin their discussion of “Good and Evil, Good and Bad,” the first essay from Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals. 

This essay questions the value of our moral concepts and examines their evolution. Karl says, “Evil is not the same as bad. Once you figure that out, the rest of the essay is easier for you.”

Nietzche believes the inversion of values develops out of the resentment of the powerful by the weak. He writes, “The revolt of the slaves in morals begins in the very principle of resentment becoming creative and giving birth to values.”

Have the concepts of good and evil actually been of value to the human race? “Once you figure out the origins [of these terms] you can ask the question of their value,” Karl adds.

Tune in for the first part of the duo’s discussion. Brought to you by onlinegreatbooks.com.

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