Frederich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was a German philosopher, an original thinker who had a profound influence on Western philosophy and subsequent writers such as George Bernard Shaw, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann and Jean-Paul Sartre. He became the chair of classical philology at Basel University at the age of 24 until he was forced to resign in 1879 due to health issues. Nietzsche then distanced himself from society 1889 when he suffered mental instability until his final collapse in 1899.
His work Beyond Good and Evil first published in 1886 dramatically rejects the notions of truth and God, good and evil. It accuses philosophers of dogmatism. He demonstrates that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and tainted with a 'slave morality'. With wit and energy, he introduces a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual imposes their own 'will to power' upon the world. The book confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age.
This edition includes a commentary on the text by R.J. Hollingdale, who translated it from German, as well as Michael Tanner's introduction, in order to help explain some of the more abstract passages in Beyond Good and Evil.