PHIL 375 - Nietzsche's Philosophical Thought
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
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:

Nietzsche & Rand & Us
Friedrich Nietzsche and Ayn Rand are both famous philosophers (and literary dynamos) who crucially defend:

  1. atheism (no gods, no otherworldly afterlife), and so
  2. biologically-based ethics (with earthly life the ultimate value), and so
  3. capitalism (over socialism)
Nietzsche’s route to (1) and (2) is a kind of wishful thinking, which Rand would denounce. Rand’s route to (1) and (2) is an attempted proof with certainty, which Nietzsche would denounce. We’ll referee that contest, and in case both sides lose, we’ll consider whether some better third approach to reasoning should also lead to (1) and (2).

Nietzsche’s route from (2) to (3) runs through the particular interests of the most-powerful few, which Rand would denounce. Rand’s route from (2) to (3) runs through universal human self-interest and rights, which Nietzsche would denounce. We’ll referee that rematch, and in case both sides lose again, we’ll consider whether some better third approach to (2) should also lead to (3).

Class Format:

3 hrs of lecture w/discussion per week.

PHIL 375 - Nietzsche's Philosophical Thought
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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24645
Open
2
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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