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Nietzsche On The Genealogy of Morality Section One: Master and Slave Morality
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On Friedrich Nietzsche’s Philosophy To understand the development of his concept of morality, one must first look into why he was nihilistic to declare that God died because he was killed by men. Nietzsche believed that an age of nihilism was coming due to Western civilization and thought being too focused with the ideology of the Christian church.
Due to the teachings of the church’s religion during his time, Nietzsche saw that morality existed and was divided into two. This was between the Master Morality and Slave Morality. In the master morality, Nietzsche held that the good was meant to be what is noble in the sense of with a soul of high quality, and evil meant to be the soul of weak or poor character. In Nietzsche’s opinion, the master morality is the model of what he calls the ubermensch, which is the German term for the “over-man” or the superman. By contrast, the slave morality originates with the lowest elements of society; specifically the abused, the oppressed, the slaves, and all those who are uncertain of themselves who believe that good is the symbol for all those qualities that alleviate the existence of sufferers, such as sympathy, the kind helping hand, the warm heart, patience, diligence, humility and friendliness Nietzsche also claimed that the morality of his time espoused a slave morality instead of a master morality. Master morality weighs actions on a scale of good or bad consequences unlike slave morality which weighs actions on a scale of good or evil intentions. Master morality springs actively from the 'noble man', and slave morality develops reactively within the weak man. ...
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