This class will be an in-depth study in the philosophy of the late 19th century German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche--one of the most innovative, disruptive, controversial, influential, and profound thinkers in the Western philosophical tradition. Texts from all phases of Nietzsche's writing career will be considered. Topics include: truth and relativism; history; psychology; morality; the nature of knowledge and reality. Roughly the last third of the class will be devoted to exploring critical reactions to Nietzsche (Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, etc.) from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Instructor: Todd Hedrick