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In Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals, how does slave morality triumph over master morality?

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Nietzsche argued that a distinction existed between the morality of masters or the nobles of a society and those of their slaves, or those who are poor and powerless compared to the masters. Master morality is defined as "good" by the masters, because they see themselves as "good" because of the power that they have. The masters look at the slaves and see that the slaves are characterised by the opposite of what characterises them as masters, and thus think that the slaves are "bad." Master morality is thus defined by the contrast between what is seen as "good" and "bad" as defined by the identity of the masters.

Slave morality, by contrast, is something that is developed by the "slaves," or those who are poor, powerless and weak compared to the masters or nobles. They resent and hate the status and power of the nobles and masters, and think of them as being "evil" and see themselves as "good" because...

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