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Nietzsche's Hammer

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Spring 2010
Philosophy 198
2 Unit(s)



About the Course:

    This course seeks to convey a general understanding concerning the thoughts and ideas of the 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It is aimed at the introductory level, so students from all majors and philosophical backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  However, a fruitful discussion will be dependent, in part, on the careful reading of the passages and the thoughtful contributions of the students.  Topics will include Mind & Action, Metaphysics & Epistemology, Moral Psychology, Language, and Freedom & Responsibility.  Approximately 6-14 pages of reading will be assigned per week (9.5 pages on average), and we will collectively discuss them during lecture.  We will be covering the complete text of Twilight of the Idols (Götzen-Dämmerung) – a short book of about 80 pages that Nietzsche considered an introduction to his philosophy.  As a supplement, we will also be reading three lucid articles of secondary literature.  

(Students must fulfill all expectations in order to receive two units to pass the course.)
    Attendance – Students are expected to have no more than two unexcused absences.
    Weekly Journal – Students are expected to hand-in one page at the conclusion of each class they attend with a reaction to the previously assigned reading.  These weekly writing assignments should be typed and should range approximately between 100 to 250 words in length.
    Final Paper – For the conclusion of the semester, students are expected to write and hand-in one three to five-page final paper (approx. 750 to 1250 words) on selected topics discussed in the course.
    Participation – Students are expected to be prepared with assigned readings and engage in interactive discussions.

    We will be using the Cambridge translation of Twilight of the Idols – translated by Judith Norman and edited by Aaron Ridley.  The ISBN for the paperback is 0521016886.  The text is bundled into a book with several other short works under the title, “The Anti-Christ, Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols: And Other Writings.”
    Handouts will be provided for the assigned readings of secondary literature. 

How to Enroll:

The course will be limited to 10 students. 

Course enrollment is presently full, but feel free to come in and audit any class.

Course Contact: narziss AT


Faculty Sponsor: R. Jay Wallace

Time & Location:

Lecture & DiscussionCarlos Narziss
10223 Wheeler HallF 2p-4p1/22full

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