Nietzsche 's On The Genealogy Of Morals

1668 WordsJan 14, 20157 Pages
In contemplating my own beliefs of what is sought as “good” and what is “bad,” I chose to expand my ideas and compare them to Friedrich Nietzsche’s first essay in “On the Genealogy of Morals.” Nietzsche first debunks the ideas of Nietzsche sees two types of morality at play creating these original definitions of good bad and evil, master morality and slave morality. I will also use Nietzsche’s concept of “will to power” to evaluate each of these ideas. Nietzsche believes that the will to power is the force that pushes humankind. To clarify for my readers, I’m looking to separate deontology from virtue ethics to improve my own understanding of good and bad not as what is right or wrong. In Nietzsche’s essay “Good and Evil,” “Good and Bad” there are two main types of mortality that he believes created these terms and defined them to best fit their situation. The first is master morality, which was developed by the wealthy, free, strong nobles who saw that their own happiness should be seen as good. They also believed the weak, poor, unhealthy, enslaved people should be considered bad. In master morality good is found in remaining in power. The powerful and the wealthy then created values that better their own lives. This is an egoistic action that keeps the wealthy and strong gaining power. The second is slave morality, where the poor and enslaved people believe that they are good and the ones in power that are oppressing them are evil. This is also a very egoistic
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