Spring 2020 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
Friedrich Nietzsche, trained philologist and self-proclaimed "free spirit," remains one of the most controversial figures in modern thought, a source of fascination and outrage alike. Best known as the philosopher of the "Dionysian," the "will to power," the "eternal return of the same," the "transvaluation of all values," and the "over-man," Nietzsche also proudly considered himself the most accomplished prose stylist in the German language. In this course, we will examine two closely interrelated issues: (1) the genesis of Nietzsche's major philosophical thoughts in the areas of epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, and the critique of religion, from his earliest to his latest writings; (2) the cultivation of a philosophical style that, in its mobilization of highly artistic modes of aphoristic reduction, metaphorization, personification, and storytelling, aspires to turn critical thinking into a life-affirming art form.
The course will combine philosophical interpretation with textual analysis. No prior knowledge of Nietzsche's works is expected; however, a willingness to set aside significant chunks of time to dwell in Nietzsche's texts is required. Students with reading knowledge in German are encouraged to read at least some of the assignments in the original. Guidance in doing so will be provided based on individual need.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Nietzsche, THE GAY SCIENCE (Cambridge UP), ISBN 9780521636452
Nietzsche, THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA (Oxford), ISBN 9780199537099
Nietzsche, TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS (Oxford), ISBN 9780199554966
Nietzsche, ECCE HOMO (Oxford), ISBN 9780199552566
Nietzsche, ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALITY (Hackett), ISBN 0872202836
Nietzsche, BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL (Oxford), ISBN 9780199537075
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three analytic papers.