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 taking this course.
These are the times for the Nietzsche classes launching in September 2014.
All it takes to sign up is to click on the link for the section of class that you want to take, then select and purchase a pass for it. The chart below explains the price options. Your time in a class lasts 8, 16, or more weeks depending on which pass you buy and how long that class interests you before you decide to move to another. The Platinum Pass buys 16 weekly group sessions (40 hours of class), which is equivalent to a full university class. The Silver Pass buys 8 weekly group sessions (20 hours of class), which is equivalent to half a university class. The Gold Pass buys 40 weekly group sessions (100 hours of class), which allows you to take the equivalent of 2.5 university classes over the course of a year (with the inevitable absences and occasional class cancellations factored in). After a short trial period (1 session for a Silver Pass or 2 sessions for a Platinum or Gold Pass) you can withdraw from my classes and receive a refund of your unused balance minus a service fee. After the trial period there are no refunds. If you don’t see a time that fits your needs or if you have any more questions feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to schedule a 1-on-1 class session with me (or regular ones), e-mail me and we can make an appointment and you can purchase a Bronze Pass.
*There is no university credit for taking these classes.
After a short trial period (1 session for a Silver Pass or 2 sessions for a Platinum or Gold Pass) you can withdraw from my classes and receive a refund of your unused balance minus a service fee. After the trial period there are no refunds.
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