PHIL 5523 Nietzsche on Ethics & Virtues of Philosophy (Spring: 3 )
This class will explore the central ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche, especially his ethical thinking. We will consider his notorious attacks on traditional ethics but pay special attention to the positive ethical ideal Nietzsche advocates instead: the "free spirit," bermensch, or "sovereign individual." This will involve a detailed discussion of Nietzsche's alternative conceptions of conscience, freedom, responsibility, and autonomy. We will also consider how philosophy is important here, exploring Nietzsche's critiques of traditional forms of philosophy and his hopes for a new "philosophy of the future," including the character traits of thinkers and their thinking that he believes constitute philosophical excellence.
Instructor(s): Thomas Miles
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13