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PHIL 416 Topics in 19th-Century Philosophy

Study of a major 19th-century philosopher such as Hegel, Mill or Nietzsche, or school, such as German Idealism.

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Credits: 3

Pre-reqs: One of PHIL 314, PHIL 315, PHIL 316, PHIL 340.


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
PHIL 416 001Seminar2 Tue Thu12:3014:00

This course studies "Beyond Good and Evil" and "On the Genealogy of Morality" with excerpts from The Gay Science and Thus Spoke Zarathustra in order to examine Nietzsche's critique of metaphysics and morality. Nietzsche's critique involves a questioning of truth, identity, and freedom. His method of "genealogy" allows him to cast a perspective of suspicion on shared beliefs, one which initiates his readers into a new kind of critical thinking that is both intellectual and emotive. Together, we will chart Nietzsche's deconstruction of western metaphysics and learn why his thinking was so influential to Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Derrida, and Luce Irigaray. We will also look to contemporary readings of Nietzsche in and ~

the analytic tradition (Brian Leiter, Maudemarie Clark, and John Richardson, amongst others).