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Nietzsche's Psychology of Ressentiment: Revenge and Justice in On the Geneaology of Morals

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2018.03.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Guy Elgat, Nietzsche's Psychology of Ressentiment: Revenge and Justice in On the Geneaology of Morals, Routledge, 2017, 180 pp., $140.00, ISBN 9781138724808. Reviewed by Mark Migotti, University of Calgary The analysis and diagnosis of ressentiment -- its nature and its effects on the history of Western thought (and Eastern thought too, for that matter) -- are at the heart of Nietzsche's contributions to philosophy. "The earth has been a madhouse", he says in the Genealogy of Morals [GM], and otherworldly philosophers, along with priests, theologians, and others, have played a large a part in making it so. Such claims demand rigorous scrutiny, so it's pleasing that in the book under review Nietzsche's account of ressentiment is carefully investigated and diligently analyzed. As his subtitle indicates, Elgat's chief text is the Genealogy and his chief concern is the relationship of ressentiment to justice.. . .

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