Analysis Of Nietzsche 's ' First Treatise ' Essay

954 Words Dec 9th, 2015 4 Pages
1) In Nietzsche’s first treatise, he elaborates on the notions of slave and master morality. He opens his argument for these concepts by observing that his take on morality will be passed on the history of morality to provide a better insight unlike the English psychologists. (I:1) Nietzsche mentions a very powerful thought that permeates history that the strong and the winners are who writes history. In this sense, he states that it was the nobles; the ones in charge were the ones to associate themselves with the word “good”. Through linguistic analysis, Nietzsche shows how “good” was initially associated with “master” and thus “bad” was the absence of “good”. (I:5) This was the original way of the world, a “good and bad”, where the nobles were “good”, as they were self-possessed, unashamed, and in touch with their animal natures while “bad” was just whatever wasn’t good. This was due to the noble’s self-possessed nature leading them to care little for what weren’t them. In this sense, “bad” wasn’t a negative term. However, Nietzsche introduces the priests, as religion became a main power, centrally, that the notion of priests the human soul gains depth and the idea of evil. To support this in life, he equates the mentality of the priest to that of the Jews. (I:7) He considers the Jews the greatest source of hatred that led to a complete change in the effect of morality. This is due to their association with themselves, which Nietzsche sees as poor and weak, as “good”, and…

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