On the Genealogy of Morals Glossary

On the Genealogy of Morals Glossary




deep respect for someone


prevent the development, action, or expression of

tabula rasa

the human mind viewed as having no innate ideas


functional and durable


a societal arrangement in which ownership effectively rests with a small number of people


people perceived as despicable and as causing problems for others

Swamp flowers

An allegory (GOM, VII); a outcome which, by virtue of prejudice, is denied has having come from such mucky beginnings.


To breed or spread prolifically or rapidly (GOM, XIV)

Mistrust of the riddle of life

An perspective, among others, as having derived from pessimism (GOM, VII)


A feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement (GOM, VII).


Formally associated with punishment, the infliction of psychical pain, this is to be wholly contrasted with the other wise passive nature of memory both in animals and primordial man.

This term itself is not used in GOM, and should be viewed only as a connotational explanation of Nietzsche's own term: memory of the will (GOM, I).


To be viewed along-side Nietzsche's delineation of the formation of "bad conscience"; contra, also, the sovereign conscience (singular, independent); it denotes the inability, for the aforementioned, to digest and thus later forget any and all psychological pain (GOM, I & VII).

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