On the Genealogy of Morality
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781551119892 / 1551119897
  • 264 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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On the Genealogy of Morality

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781551119892 / 1551119897
  • 264 pages; 5½" x 8½"

On the Genealogy of Morality is a history of ethics, a text about interpreting that history, and a primer on interpretation in general. It also has elements of archaeology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and etymology. Nietzsche’s history-based approach to the development of morality, as well as his keen understanding of how power relations—especially the role played in this process by social, class, and racial divisions—continue to shape our ethical norms and standards of behavior. His reading of history and the human capacity for rationalization anticipated, influenced, and underpinned the interpretative techniques and strategies that emerged as dominant in the humanities and social sciences over the past several decades. In this age of “alternative truths,” Nietzsche’s insight into the nature of interpretation is more valuable than ever before.


“A fresh, accessible new translation of a seminal text in Nietzsche’s philosophy. Readers are given a good deal of background for coming to terms with the Genealogy, with several appendices providing selections from some of Nietzsche’s other books, religious and scientific writings that bear on Nietzsche’s argument, and sources on the reception of Nietzsche’s thought in Germany. This edition will be very useful to students and scholars alike.” — Lawrence J. Hatab, Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Old Dominion University

“The appearance of this Broadview edition of Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality, scrupulously edited by Gregory Maertz and ably translated by Ian Johnston, is a boon to the reception and teaching of Nietzsche in English. Philosophically, the Genealogy is Nietzsche’s most influential text, and pedagogically it is likely his most taught. Both professor and student will benefit from this volume, with its wealth of well-chosen secondary materials and helpful introduction to Nietzsche’s life and times, thought, influence, and significance.” — Mark Migotti, University of Calgary

“Johnston’s accessible and engaging translation manages to convey the energy of Nietzsche’s ‘polemic’ without sacrificing philosophical accuracy. And the copious notes and supplemental material help to contextualize Nietzsche’s intellectual world. This edition is highly recommended for students and anyone else.” — Robert Guay, Binghamton University

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Brief Chronology
Translator’s Note

On the Genealogy of Morality: A Polemical Tract

  • Prologue
  • First Essay: Good and Evil, Good and Bad
  • Second Essay: Guilt, Bad Conscience, and Related Matters
  • Third Essay: What Do Ascetic Ideals Mean?

Appendix A: Schopenhauer, Rèe, and Nietzsche

  • 1. From Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation (1818)
  • 2. From Paul Rée, The Origin of the Moral Sensations (1877)
  • 3. From Friedrich Nietzsche, “On Truth and Falsity in Their Ultramoral Sense” (1873)
  • 4. From Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All-Too Human (1878)
  • 5. From Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn (1881)
  • 6. From Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
  • 7. From Friedrich Nietzsche, The Joyful Wisdom (1882/1887)
  • 8. From Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power (1901)

Appendix B: Plato

  • 1. From Plato, The Republic, Book I

Appendix C: Old and New Testaments

  • 1. Exodus 20:1–26
  • 2. Matthew 5:1–21; 27–48
  • 3. Matthew 19:13–30
  • 4. Luke 6:20–38

Appendix D: British Philosophy, History, and Science

  • 1. From Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (1651)
  • 2. From Jeremy Bentham, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789)
  • 3. From John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (1863)
  • 4. From Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (1859)
  • 5. From Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1871)
  • 6. From Sir John Lubbock, Pre-historic Times (1865)
  • 7. From Herbert Spencer, The Principles of Psychology (1855)

Appendix E: The Reception of Nietzsche in Germany

  • 1. From Max Nordau, Degeneration (1892)
  • 2. From Stefan George, “Nietzsche” (1907)
  • 3. From Ernst Bertram, Nietzsche: An Attempt at a Mythology (1918)
  • 4. From Oswald Spengler, Nietzsche and His Century (1924)

Works Cited and Recommended Reading

Gregory Maertz is Professor of English at St. John’s University. He is the author and editor of several other books, including the Broadview Edition of George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Ian Johnston is Professor Emeritus at Vancouver Island University; he has translated numerous works from Greek, French, German, and Latin.

  • • A polished new translation of Nietzsche’s most often-read work.
  • • Extensively annotated for student readers, offering timely clarifications of Nietzsche’s many references and allusions.
  • • Includes passages from other writings by Nietzsche, such as Beyond Good and Evil and Human, All Too Human.
  • • Additional appendices excerpt many of the works Nietzsche responds to, including the Old and New Testaments as well as the writings of Mill, Darwin, and others.