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PHI 103 — An Introduction to Nietzsche: Philosophy and Cultural Criticism

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus course
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 17
Units: 2
Tuition: $435
Instructor(s): Frederick Dolan
On-campus course
7:00—8:50 pm
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Drop By
Apr 17
2 Units
Frederick Dolan
Friedrich Nietzsche had an enormous impact on the philosophy, art, and literature of the 20th century, and his views continue to be hotly debated. He had highly original and provocative things to say about 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 this course, we will read Nietzsche primarily as a philosopher, but also as the stylistic genius and penetrating cultural critic that he was. We’ll begin with one of Nietzsche’s last books, Ecce Homo (1888), in which he presents his own assessment of his work, and then move on to The Birth of Tragedy (1872), Untimely Meditations (1873), The Gay Science (1882), Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883), Beyond Good and Evil (1886), The Genealogy of Morality (1887), Twilight of the Idols (1888), and The Antichrist (1888). And because Nietzsche’s thought can’t be separated from his life, we’ll look into his personal as well as his intellectual development.

Frederick Dolan, Professor of Humanities, California College of the Arts; Professor of Rhetoric, Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Frederick M. Dolan’s interests include aesthetics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy, in particular the relationship of modern political theory to the philosophical tradition and its critics (especially Nietzsche and Heidegger). He received a PhD from Princeton.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Friedrich Nietzsche (Kaufmann translation), Basic Writings of Nietzsche (ISBN 0679783393)
(Required) Friedrich Nietzsche (Kaufmann translation), The Gay Science (ISBN 0394719859)
(Required) Friedrich Nietzsche (Hollingdale translation), Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (ISBN 0140441182)
(Required) Friedrich Nietzsche (Hollingdale translation), Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ (ISBN 0140445145)