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Guilt Before God, or God Before Guilt? The Second Essay of Nietzsche's Genealogy

Guilt Before God, or God Before Guilt? The Second Essay of Nietzsche's Genealogy The Second Essay of Nietzsche's Genealogy he second essay of Nietzsche's "polemic," On the Genealogy of Morals, is a rich and elusive piece, full of valuable hints and suggestions, but difficult finally to pin down. The essays that flank it are, in their own ways, more straightforward, and have attracted the lion's share of critical attention--the first essay for its account of the slave revolt in morality, the third for its account of the principal fruit of that revolt, the ascetic ideal. But the second essay is absolutely central, both as glue to hold essays 1 and 3 together and as a source of answers to questions that its companion pieces either elide or leave hanging. In my book, Nietzsche's Conscience: Six Character Studies from the "Genealogy," I offered a reading of the second essay in which I tried to clarify its main theme--the bad conscience--and to show how it fitted in with and illuminated the other two essays.1 Mathias Risse, in a recent article, has objected to that reading.2 The immediate issue between us--and one central to an understanding of the essay as a whole--concerns the transformation, by a process that Nietzsche calls "moralization," of the concept http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Nietzsche Studies Penn State University Press

Guilt Before God, or God Before Guilt? The Second Essay of Nietzsche's Genealogy

The Journal of Nietzsche Studies , Volume 29 (1) – Sep 5, 2005

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The Second Essay of Nietzsche's Genealogy he second essay of Nietzsche's "polemic," On the Genealogy of Morals, is a rich and elusive piece, full of valuable hints and suggestions, but difficult finally to pin down. The essays that flank it are, in their own ways, more straightforward, and have attracted the lion's share of critical attention--the first essay for its account of the slave revolt in morality, the third for its account of the principal fruit of that revolt, the ascetic ideal. But the second essay is absolutely central, both as glue to hold essays 1 and 3 together and as a source of answers to questions that its companion pieces either elide or leave hanging. In my book, Nietzsche's Conscience: Six Character Studies from the "Genealogy," I offered a reading of the second essay in which I tried to clarify its main theme--the bad conscience--and to show how it fitted in with and illuminated the other two essays.1 Mathias Risse, in a recent article, has objected to that reading.2 The immediate issue between us--and one central to an understanding of the essay as a whole--concerns the transformation, by a process that Nietzsche calls "moralization," of the concept

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The Journal of Nietzsche StudiesPenn State University Press

Published: Sep 5, 2005

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