Nietzsche


Online Philosophy Class Nietzsche Dr Daniel Fincke


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I wrote my dissertation on Nietzsche. My Nietzsche course draws heavily on the years I spent researching that project and the conclusions I developed by its completion. As an orientation, new students receive a special overview lecture on Nietzsche’s philosophy that integrates his thoughts on numerous topics into a coherent overall picture. In particular we focus on his views on morality, values, truth, language, mind, history, religion, and the practice of philosophy itself.

Regular class sessions are spent reading Nietzsche’s writings aloud and discussing them together.  As we read each text, I unriddle difficult passages, explore their philosophical implications, talk about possible interpretations of each text in its context within the larger scope of Nietzsche’s thought, introduce students to concepts from relevant Nietzsche scholarship, point out debates among Nietzsche scholars and rival readings to my own, and encourage open-ended, collaborative discussion from you as inspired by the texts. Using this method, we read substantial portions of numerous of Nietzsche’s works, without repeats, over the course of a year. You can continue on for as long as you are interested. And during any 16 session span you can be sure to receive a satisfying equivalent of an in-depth university course on Nietzsche if that is all you want. Over the course of any given 16 sessions of class we will at some point explicate core Nietzschean concepts such as immoralism, the death of God, self-overcoming, the will to power, the reevaluation of all values, the eternal recurrence of the same, ressentiment, master and slave morality, and the superhuman. And we will regularly examine Nietzsche’s complicated and nuanced views on the relationships between nihilism, metaphysics, truth, values, and politics. Students can join a section of the Nietzsche class any time, just as they would join a preexisting reading group.

The books we read from the most extensively in class are Human All Too Human, Daybreak, The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, On The Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols, Antichrist, and The Will to Power. No outside reading will be required. There is no university credit for attending these class sessions. For more details on how my classes work in general, please see the FAQ. For more about me, see this page.

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