PHIL 375 - Nietzsche's Philosophical Thought
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Waitlist Notes:
phil-ug-coord@umich.edu
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

FRIEDRICHLY ASKED QUESTIONS — by Nietzsche

  • When I speak of leisure and idleness, you do not think I am alluding to you, do you, you sluggards?
  • How can he be considered great, since he has been a philosopher for so long and has never yet disturbed anybody? Could Socrates have been the corrupter of youth after all? And did he deserve his hemlock?"
  • A soldier wishes he could fall on the battlefield for his victorious fatherland. A mother gives to her child that of which she deprives herself, sleep, the best food, if need be her health, her strength. - But are these all unegoistic states?
  • How shall the earth as a whole be governed? And to what end shall "man" as a whole be raised and trained?
  • How can your life receive the highest value, the deepest significance? How can it be least squandered?
  • How is man to be overcome? What have you done to overcome man?
  • Would you like to become stronger than your friends?
  • What makes one heroic? Why not be defeated some time, too?
  • For what is there suffering? Do you suppose that I have come to you that suffer, to bed you more comfortably? Or to show you new and easier paths?
  • What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more.' Would you curse or answer "never have I heard anything more divine"?
  • What thinker still has need of the hypothesis of a god?
  • What is good? What is bad? What is happiness? Can all values not be turned around?
  • As is well known, the priests are the most evil enemies—but why?
  • Can property be reconciled with justice?
  • What in us really wants "truth"? Indeed, what forces us at all to suppose that there is an essential opposition of "true" and "false"?
  • We could think, feel, will, remember, and act, and yet none of all this would have to enter our consciousness. For what purpose, then, any consciousness at all when it is in the main superfluous?
  • Why am I so wise, so clever, and why do I write such good books?

If these questions sound interesting, take this course.

Class Format:

3 hrs of lecture w/discussion per week.

PHIL 375 - Nietzsche's Philosophical Thought
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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25573
Open
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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