On the Genealogy of Morals Questions and Answers
by Friedrich Nietzsche

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What are the conceptions of “power,” “rule,” and “politics” as they appear in the first essay of On the Genealogy of Morals?

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Nietzsche is highly critical of Christianity, especially Christian ethics. He sees the Christian religion as being based on an ethic of pity and self-abasement, an ethic that speaks to the weak and sick in spirit while disparaging the strong.

Yet despite these characteristics, Christian morality as it has developed in the West has achieved remarkable power, overthrowing the previous system of ethics that emphasized all that was strong and assertive, the kind of ethics endorsed and practiced by the ancient Greeks.

Due to the spread of Christianity, what was once a...

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