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No thinker in the history of modern philosophy has made such a radical attack on Western values as Friedrich Nietzsche. His importance as a philosopher lies precisely in the challenge he threw down to the religio-moral and intellectual foundations ofMoreNo thinker in the history of modern philosophy has made such a radical attack on Western values as Friedrich Nietzsche. His importance as a philosopher lies precisely in the challenge he threw down to the religio-moral and intellectual foundations of Western society. Zeitlins aim in this re-examination of Nietzsches work is to consider how we should assess Nietzsches philosophical claims today. He shows that although Nietzsche has given us a highly fruitful theory of the origin of moral values, his philosophy is beset by unresolved problems, ambiguities, and defects. Zeitlins critical exposition contains several distinctive elements. He gives considerable attention to Nietzsches theory of Ressentiment and the inversion of values by elaborating the theory and applying it to the two classical cases with which Nietzsche was most concerned: the Jews and the Greeks. He analyses Socrates encounter with the proto-Nietzcheans of his time- Karl Marxs rejoinder to Max Stirner, the boldest of Nietzsches precursors in the modern era- Nietzsches one-sided and erroneous interpretation of Darwins theory- and the dangerous implications of Nietzsches beyond good and evil aestheticism. Finally, Zeitlin confronts Nietzsches protagonist, Zarathustra - that enthusiastic spokesman for the master morality. This book will be essential reading for second-year students and above, plus professionals in the areas of philosophy, social theory, and political thought.