REL 308 Fall 2012 Nietzche and Religion

Few thinkers have been as controversial or as outspoken about religion as the nineteenth century German theorist/philologist Friedrich Nietzsche. His work was not understood during his lifetime, or so he thought, and there are definitely controversies surrounding the way the writings of Nietzsche ought to be applied in the early twenty-first century. We will see Nietzsche as a lonely curmudgeon who hated his rigid, Lutheran upbringing, as well as his sister, Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche. But we will also see the many fruitful dialogues created by his fractured personality and vitriolic books which, perhaps despite his intentions, speak to religion in both a destructive and constructive way, as well as to later thinkers.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will consist of two 5- to 6-page response papers, a midterm exam, a 10- to 15-page final paper, and thoughtful participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Religion majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: REL Body of Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1689
REL308-01(F) SEM Nietzche and Religion Division 2: Social Studies Glenn W. Shuck
TF 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 1689
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