PHIL 393 Fall 2012 Nietzsche and His Legacy (W)

The late 20th Century philosopher Richard Rorty characterized the present age as "post-Nietzschean." Indeed Nietzsche's influence has been pervasive. German philosopher Martin Heidegger thought he represented the culminating point of Western metaphysics; French Nietzscheans such as Foucault, Derrida and Deleuze as well as French feminist Luce Irigaray appropriate Nietzschean themes and concepts in their critical engagements with the Western philosophical tradition; and Anglo-American moral philosophers such as Bernard Williams, Alisdair MacIntyre, and Phillippa Foot (as well as Rorty) respond to and engage his critique of traditional morality. In this tutorial we read key writings from early, middle and late periods by this controversial 19th century philosopher in order to address some (certainly only some) of the current debates in critical and ethical theory that have been fueled by Nietzsche's work. Key ideas and concepts such as the death of god, the use and abuse of history, the eternal recurrence, will to power, and master and slave morality will be addressed. Nietzsche texts will include selections from: Untimely Meditations, The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols, and Ecce Homo.
Class Format: tutorial, students will work in pairs
Requirements/Evaluation: each student will write and present a 5-6-page paper every other week and a commentary on his or her partner's essay on alternate weeks; evaluations are based on written work as well as level of intellectual engagement in tutorial meetings
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Prerequisites: two courses in philosophy, preferably either Ancient and/or Modern surveys, or background in Critical Theory, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: current and prospective philosophy majors
Department Notes: meets History requirement only if registration is under PHIL
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: PHIL History Courses
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1493
PHIL393-T1(F) TUT Nietzsche and His Legacy (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Jana Sawicki
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