The Soul of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil

  title={The Soul of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil},
  author={Maudemarie Clark and David Dudrick},
This book presents a provocative new interpretation of Beyond Good and Evil, arguably Nietzsche's most important work. The problem is that it appears to express merely a loosely connected set of often questionable opinions. Can Nietzsche really be an important philosopher if this is his most important book? Maudemarie Clark and David Dudrick address this question with a close reading that emphasizes how Nietzsche writes. They argue that the first part of Beyond Good and Evil presents coherent… 

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