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On the Genealogy of Morals
A Polemical Tract
Friedrich Nietzsche
Leipzig 1887



This translation by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo, BC (now Vancouver Island University), has certain copyright restrictions.  For information please use the following link: Copyright.  For comments or question please contact Ian Johnston.. Editorial comments and translations in square brackets and italics are by Ian Johnston; comments in normal brackets are from Nietzsche's text. The asterisks in the text are links to explanatory endnotes provided by the translator (usually to identify a name or the source of a quotation).

If you would like the entire text of Genealogy of Morals in Publisher format, so that you can print the text off as a booklet for yourself or your students (or both), please consult the following link: Publisher Files. A printed paperback edition of this translation is available from Richer Resources Publications.

For comments, questions, corrections, please contact Ian Johnston. This text was last revised in January 2009]

[For the German text, use the following link Zur Genealogie der Moral]

On the Genealogy of Morals

Table of Contents


First Essay
Good and Evil, Good and Bad

Second Essay
Guilt, Bad Conscience, and Related Matters

Third Essay
What is the Meaning of Ascetic Ideals?


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