Too Rhetorical for this Mere Mortal


Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future by Friedrich Nietzsche


Have really tried with this, but twice I’ve got as far as page 20, and twice I’ve read and re-read and got lost in the rhetoric employed by either the translator or by Nietzsche himself. This is a shame as, up until Chapter Two, with a little active reading, a lot can be got out of the text: the humour and passion of the writer are clearly felt and I really enjoyed it.

It’s also a shame that I’m unable to get further, as his influence on much contemporary thought is huge and I would really like to hear him shattering pre-existing dogmas and setting new foundations in his own words. Unfortunately, his own words are presented in a style I cannot comprehend.

I will try again, but for now …