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Genealogy of Morals by Nietzsche

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According to Nietzsche in this section, the good life consists of power and overcoming obstacles. The bad life comes from weakness. Nietzsche says that humans desire power and that anything proceeding from weakness is bad. Happiness comes from an increase in power and the weak are destroyed. He believes that providing sympathy to those who display immoral conduct is worse than immoral acts by themselves. This is what he sees Christianity as and is greatly opposed to it.

Concupiscence and cupidity love is self centered and all about me. It is focused on the individual and seeks the satisfaction of the other’s desire. Charity love is self-less and kindness towards the individual. They show compassion, mercy, and kindness towards the person. One example of where he was driven by lust and avarice is in Carthage where he speaks of loving being loved. He went there for concupiscence love and only cared about himself. An example of charity in his life is when he is being carried to places by his love rather than going to places for it. He is more faithful to God during this time as well. B2) Concupiscence/cupidity and charity are both called love because of desire. They both imply dissatisfaction with their current circumstances and desire something more. B3) I think by heart, Augustine means desire. Love causes us to desire something more and our desires do not subside until we have found peace in God. Augustine’s love shifts from concupiscence/cupidity to charity at the same time that he becomes more faithful to God.

Francesca’s love for Paulo is deceitful because it seems as if she is married and cheats on her husband with Paulo. They get caught up in a crazy love that only seems to be sexual. Something must have happened the day that they “read no further” because this is when Paulo starts to weep. This may have been the day they died because Francesca’s husband may have caught them in the act. The punishment in hell seems to be that they have to remain together for eternity which will remind them of their wrongdoing. C2) The Paulo and Francesca scene is a good example of what Augustine calls concupiscence love because they both lust for each other and must have done something wrong because they are now in hell because of it. It seems to be a self-centered love focused on the individual. C3) See above in C1. C4) After Augustine is finished reading the passage from

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