Nietzsche 's On The Genealogy Of Morality Essay

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Throughout Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morality, he takes a speculative trip throughout time to determine the drastic change in the morals of society. In his analysis he address the ascetic ideals as the bedrock that lead to the ultimate change of society to slave morality from master morality. The ascetic ideals also set up a vicious cycle to spread the “sickness” throughout the population. Nietzsche notes that a key problem of the ascetic ideals is it’s infectious nature. The best response he sees his through his idea of “perspectivism”. With Nietzsche’s answer, he addresses the same ideal to a “more noble” life in a way that Augustine saw absolute faith as way to salvation. However, there two ideas have several differences.

For Nietzsche, the ascetic ideals are a way of living that he is able to construe in his third treatise to fit every sort of man into. In short, the ascetic ideals rely on a denouncement of all worldly pleasures. (III:8) For Nietzsche, he sees this reliance on the abstinence from the physical world as a way for the weak to shift the troubles of their lives off themselves and onto the sin that comes from indulgence into the physical world. The abstinence that the ascetic ideals promote can be seen in chastity, humility and poverty. (III:8) These main ideals ultimately promote Nietzsche idea of the weak as if they were strong. Another key part of the ascetic ideals is it’s infectious nature.

This infectious nature of the ascetic ideals, along…

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