Essay on Nietzsche 's On The Genealogy Of Morals

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Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals is a theoretical book that branches into the field of philosophy. Adler writes, “Theoretical books teach you that something is the case. Practical books teach you how to do something you want to do or think you should do” (66). In the case of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche teaches the readers that the priestly sets of morals has reversed the morals of the previous knightly set of morals, and that mankind should revert back to the knightly set of morals. An example of how Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals is theoretical is demonstrated through the quote, “It was the Jews who, with awe-inspiring consistency, dared to invert the aristocratic value-equation (good = noble = powerful = beautiful = happy = beloved of God)” (34). In this quote, Nietzsche is telling the reader that the Jewish people have inverted the aristocratic value equation. Nietzsche isn’t telling the reader how the Jewish people went about inverting this value equation, or how one inverts a moral value equation as a practical book would; but rather Nietzsche operates under the fact that the Jews have inverted the aristocratic value equation, a theoretical “something is the case”. Having established Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals as theoretical, we can then further classify it as a philosophical book. Adler writes, “If a theoretical book emphasizes things that tie outside the scope of your normal, routine, daily…

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