First published in 1886, Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future is a book by renowned philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche that broadly expands on the ideas of his previous book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but with a more polemical and critical approach. In the book, the author blatantly accuses the past philosophers for lacking critical sense and blindly embracing dogmatic premises in consideration of morality. He accuses the philosophers for presenting "grand metaphysical systems" on the consideration that good man is the opposite of evil man, and not just a unique expression of the basic impulses that find direct expression in an evil man.
The textbook revolves around the realm "beyond good and evil" with the focus to extend beyond the conventional morality which the author subjects to devastating critique in consideration of what he feels as an affirmative approach, confronting perspective nature of knowledge and condition of modern human being. Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future highlights aphoristic style of the period, where the author exposes inefficiency of the so-called "philosophers" and broadly exemplifies the qualities of "new philosophers" - self-assertion, imagination, originality, danger, and "creation of values."
Friedrich Nietzsche, in his book, contests certain key pre-suppositions of traditional philosophy, such as knowledge, self-consciousness, free will and truth. On the other hand, he suggested the "will power" as a source of all behavior. Thus, he denies universal morality of all human beings and ties will power to his unique perspective of life, which is beyond good or evil. He re-evaluated humanistic beliefs, reflecting appropriation, domination, and injury to the weak as not "universally objectionable."
The books is organized into nine parts - On the Prejudices of Philosophers, The Free Spirit, The Religious Essence, Maxims and Interludes, On the Natural History of Morals, We Scholars, Our Virtues, Peoples and Fatherlands, and What is Noble.
Buy online the paperback edition of Beyond Good and Evil: Prelude to a Philosophy of the Future authored by Friedrich Nietzsche and published by Vintage with an ISBN-10 number of 048629868X and an ISBN-13 number of 978-0486298689.