Originally Posted by munchausen
I always understood it as having an element of fear of the object of resentment, and to labeling the thing that is feared, and the aspects of it that cause fear, as "evil". Then again, I only know it through Nietzsche, and I don't have nearly as fancy a liberal arts education as Eric does. TBH Nietzsche is the only philosopher I ever understood.
Nietzsche's usage of ressentiment doesn't really have to do with "fear," per se. Rather, it is one's internal recognition that he is inferior according to prevailing moral values. Hence, the sufferer seeks to establish new moral values, under which he would be superior. To Nietzsche, the rise of Judeo-Christian morality in the West is a massive, truamatic operation of ressentiment: a reprogramming of moral values where the material power of Rome becomes "evil" and pity for poverty and physical weakness become "good."Edited by mafoofan - 3/25/13 at 4:53pm