Good comprehension of German.
This course is also open to MA students from other disciplines subject to instructor’s approval.
A course on Nietzsche as a political thinker with special emphasis on the critical and constructive potential of his thought for contemporary democracy and democratic theory. Key topics include: the problem of Nihilism and its manifestaion in modern democracy; the agon and agonistic appropriations of Nietzsche’s thought; Nietzsche and Arendt; Nietzsche and Rawls on justice and perfectionism; grosse Politik; rethinking democratic values (freedom, equality, popular sovereignty) in Nietzschean terms.
Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.
Mode of instruction
Lectures (hoorcollege) and seminars (2 hours + 1 hour)
- Seminar presentations & assignments (20%)
- Paper of 7000 – 9000 words (80%).
Weekly use for announcements, assignments, course documents (lecture notes, primary texts etc.) and course information.
- Various texts from Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke Kritische Studienausgabe (dtv/de Gruyter, Berlin, 1980. ISBN 3-11-008117-2)
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Dr. H.W. Siemens: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialisations: Ethics and Politics / Philosophical Anthropology and Philosophy of Culture