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Course Description

As philosophers go,Nietzsche is perhaps the most notorious, and this despite the near nonexistence of anything we can label a personal life. Part, but only part, of the reason for this is the fresh and radical things he had to say about subjects near and dear to us: the ‘death’ of God, the sociology of moral and religious ideals, the will to power, the hidden (unpalatable) psychological sources of some of our favorite institutions (such as nation-states, science, and penal codes).

More important (for notoriety at least) is his style: witty, aphoristic, polemical, prone to self-aggrandizement, overstatement, and not above the untranslatable pun; consequently: ideally suited for misinterpretation, and adolescent fixation.

And so, one finds his ‘influence’ everywhere: from rather respectable sociologists and psychologists (such as Weber and Freud), to (relatively respectable) continental philosophers such as Heidegger, Sartre, Jaspers and Foucault, to writers such as Shaw, Mann, and Hesse. Even unbalanced politicians and murderers, such as the Nazis, were not above quoting choice morsels, sufficiently mutilated of course.

In this course we simply intend to take a sober look at what Nietzsche has written: The Birth of Tragedy, The Genealogy of Morals, Beyond Good and Evil, and so on

This is a virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit https://universitycollege.tufts.edu/online/online-learning.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Diploma or current high school transcript (for high school students only in applicable classes), Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

High School students will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Hybrid Course Policy

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences