Online Course Description
Friedrich Nietzsche had an enormous impact on the philosophy, art, and literature of the twentieth century, and his views continue to be hotly debated. His first book, The Birth of Tragedy (1872), was at once a highly original work of classical scholarship, a theory of art, an attack on his own academic discipline, propaganda for composer Richard Wagner, and a diagnosis of what he saw as the pathologies of European culture. Later equally layered works explored the origin and purpose of morality and the nature of value judgments generally, the prospects for post-Christian Europe and the “free spirit,” the creative process, the philosophical tradition, epistemology, metaphysics, and what it means to be human. In his philosophico-literary work Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883-5), Nietzsche introduces themes that became notorious: the death of God, the Superman, the eternal recurrence, and the will to power. In this course, we’ll read Nietzsche primarily as a philosopher, but also as the stylistic genius and penetrating cultural critic he was. We’ll begin with one of his last books, Ecce Homo (1888), which presents his own highly provocative assessment of his contributions to European culture. And because Nietzsche’s thought can’t be separated from his life, we’ll look into his personal as well as intellectual development.
WHAT YOU WILL GET
- Live video call and screen sharing with Frederick Dolan
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- Prior to session you will be able to get in touch with Frederick Dolan to explain your background and what you are trying to achieve
- Prior to session, Frederick Dolan will provide list of resources and materials needed to prepare for session
- You will be able to cancel a class and get a refund up to 24h before the scheduled session
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I’m Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. After earning my Ph.D. at Princeton in 1987 I taught at Berkeley for the better part of two decades, in the Department of Rhetoric – then something of a wildlife preserve that sheltered scholars in many fields including literature, film, intellectual history, law, politics, and sociology as well as philosophy. Partly as a result, I’ve worked on a variety of topics over the years, including political and moral philosophy, philosophy of art, philosophy of mind, hermeneutics, and American politics and culture. Topics of recent courses include the concept of art, the concept of the political, the meaning of life, and philosophy & film. I’m a strong believer in liberal education and the study of the great books of the Western canon, but I also have an abiding interest in the religion, art, and literature of India, China, and Japan (only in translation, sadly).
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