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PHI 95 — Nietzsche and His Progeny: Heidegger, Foucault, and Kittler

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Sep 23—Dec 9
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 6
Units: 2
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Josef Chytry
Status: Closed
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. There is no class on October 28 and November 25. The final class session will take place on December 9.
Fall
On-campus
Mondays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Sep 23—Dec 9
10 weeks
Drop By
Oct 6
2 Units
Fees
$485
Instructor(s):
Josef Chytry
Closed
Please Note: This course has a different schedule than what appears in the print catalogue. There is no class on October 28 and November 25. The final class session will take place on December 9.
Friedrich Nietzsche is generally recognized as one of the more scandalous figures in the history of Western philosophy, certainly the most irascible. This course introduces the student to Nietzsche’s body of work primarily as summed up in his master concepts: the will to power, the eternal recurrence, and the superman. It then traces the wide and convoluted history of his legacy primarily through two succeeding thinkers: Martin Heidegger for German thought and Michel Foucault for French thought. We will analyze Heidegger’s attempts to absorb Nietzsche’s will to power concept into his own metaphysics as a forgetfulness of Being, and his efforts to articulate a post-metaphysical thinking while wrestling with the problem of modern technology, fully recognizing Heidegger’s problematic relationship to German National Socialism. Turning to Foucault, we will compare his admiration for Heidegger’s reading of Nietzsche, and his own exploitation of the Nietzschean concept of genealogy to develop new and influential interpretations of power and resistance, with his later efforts to outline a new aesthetics of existence. Finally, we will look at Friedrich Kittler’s Nietzschean explication of current media theory.

Whether or not students agree with the tenor of Nietzsche’s legacy, the goal of this course is to deepen understanding of why such thinking against the grain has exercised an enduring influence on contemporary thinkers and academic disciplines.

Josef Chytry, Senior Adjunct Professor in Critical Studies, California College of the Arts

Josef Chytry is the author of Mountain of Paradise: Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization and The Aesthetic State: A Quest in Modern German Thought. He received a DPhil in politics and the history of ideas from the University of Oxford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Friedrich Nietzsche (Author) R. J. Hollingdale (Translator) , Thus Spoke Zarathustra (ISBN 9780140441185)
(Required) Friedrich Nietzsche (Author), R. J. Hollingdale (Translator) , Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ (ISBN 9780140445145)
(Required) Martin Heidegger, Introduction to Metaphysics, Yale University Press, 2000 (ISBN 9780300186123)
(Required) Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish (ISBN 9780679752554)
(Required) Friedrich A. Kittler, The Truth of the Technological World, Stanford University Press, 2013 (ISBN 9780804792547)
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