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New: The Philosophy Of Nietzsche

This course presents an introduction to Nietzsches philosophy and an analysis of his basic concepts. Starting with a discussion of his early works The Birth of Tragedy and Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, we will go on to chart the metamorphoses of Nietzsches thought leading to the production of his central work Thus Spake Zarathustra, in which he develops his mysterious notion of eternal recurrence. After a sustained discussion of Zarathustra, we turn to his later works Beyond Good and Evil, The Genealogy of Morality, and the fragments collected in The Will to Power, with the aim of clarifying the ideas of will to power, master and slave morality, and the notion of the Overman. Throughout the course, we will come back to the central enigma in Nietzsches work: how are the ideas of eternal recurrence and will to power to be connected to each other? It is this problem that is pursued in some of the major 20th century interpretations of Nietzsche, notably by four commentators who were philosophers in their own right Martin Heidegger, Karl Lwith, Pierre Klossowski and Gilles Deleuze. The goal of the course is to arrive at an assessment of the value of these major interpretations.

Who is this course for

This course is at Advanced level and so would not be suitable for people who are new to studying philosophy. It would be an ideal continuation course for students who have previously studied on our Intermediate level courses and who now want a course that will look at the work of a particular philosopher in some depth. It may also be suitable for people who have had some previous grounding in Philosophy and who now want to study in more depth.

Although you should have some previous experience of studying philosophy it is not expected that you need to have a great deal of familiarity with the work of Nietzsche, as this is what the course will aim to provide.

What does this course cover

The main texts by Nietzsche we will cover are: The Birth of Tragedy, Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks, The Gay Science, Thus Spake Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, The Genealogy of Morality and The Will to Power. Extracts will be provided for each session; as will extracts of the interpretations by Heidegger, Lwith, Klossowski and Deleuze.

By the end of the course, students should have a grasp of Nietzsche's key problems and ideas, and an appreciation of how they continued to animate the deepest thinking of some of the most important 20th century philosophers.

What will it be like

The course is an interactive mixture of tutor exposition and class discussion. Extensive documentation, along with some new translations, will be supplied throughout the course. Powerpoints covering the main points will be distributed after each session. There are opportunities for further discussion and reading outside of the class via the course's Moodle website.

We will assess your expectations of the course in the first sessions. Thereafter, you will be able to monitor your progress on the course through participation in class discussion, questions and answers and in-class exercises. At the end of the course, you will be able to measure your progress against the stated outcomes for the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students could prepare for the course by acquainting or re-acquainting themselves with Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra.

What this course could lead to

Other Advanced level Philosophy courses at the Mary Ward Centre or other similar establishments. Other courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences with a strong emphasis on theory and the study of the mind and human behaviour(e.g., Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, History).

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