Nietzsche's Beyond Good And Evil

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It should be noted that Nietzsche did not directly address the issue of the limitations of power. Similarly, he did not give a direct estimate of power in terms of “good” or “bad”. He was more inclined to consider these phenomena from beyond good and evil. Nevertheless, the book implicitly contains answers to these questions, although their analysis will require some interpretation of the author’s ideas. One can argue that the way Nietzsche described the features of confrontation between the “master morality” and “slave morality” (153) is how he reflected on the general characteristics and the fate of the will to power. In his work “Beyond Good and Evil,” which is also a “prelude to a philosophy of the future,” Nietzsche assured that modern…show more content…
The will to power is an inherent characteristic of life itself and, at the same time, an expression of the will to live. In turn, life in its very essence is “a process of appropriating, injuring, overpowering the alien and the weaker, oppressing, being harsh, imposing your own form, incorporating, and at least, the very least, exploiting” (153). In this context, the degeneracy of masters or aristocracy is related to the appearance of the desire to account for people of lower level that are unequal to themselves. This indicates the extinction of the will to power, which degenerates into the will to obey. For instance, in an effort to reduce itself to “a mere function of the kingdom” at the expense of its position of “dominant authority,” the aristocracy soon lost this kingship as well (152). Therefore, it can be argued that the definition of power boundaries implicitly contained in Nietzsche’s work is that people have the power to the extent, to which they have no desire to place one’s own will “on pair with the other’s” (152). Moreover, noble individuals “have duties only towards their own kind” (155). In addition, in the light of the master morality, a good man is the one who has more power: “it is ‘good’ that inspires and wants to inspire fear” (156). On the contrary, slave morality perceives evil as powerful and
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