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Nietzsche

Nietzsche Babette Babich, Ph.D.
Spring 2014 Fordham University
Course Description
Nietzsche is at once one of the most well-known philosophers and the most ill known. If any thinker embodies the esoteric and the exoteric distinction Nietzsche himself distinguishes (and which is often associated with other, more conventional names), it has to be Nietzsche, the same author who subtitles on of his greatest masterpieces: A Book for Everyone and No One. Prophet of the modern age as the age of nihilism and of its corollary: the so-called death of God, Nietzsche also taught the love of life, as he taught the notion of loyalty to the earth in addition to challenging the very idea of truth, of causality, and the ubiquity of wills to power in a world of chaos and pronouncing the paradoxical thought experiment his Zarathustra called the ‘thought of thoughts,’ namely, “the eternal return of the same.” Participants may expect to explore the range of Nietzsche’s works together with a number of recent thinkers who have also sought to read Nietzsche, in the words of the late Arthur Danto, “as philosopher.”
Required Books
Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy , trans. Kaufmann (Vintage) 0394703693
Nietzsche, Unfashionable Observations, trans. Gray (Stanford) 1990 0804734038
Nietzsche, The Gay Science, trans. Kaufmann (Vintage 1974) 0394719859
Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, trans. Hollingdale (Penguin) 0140441182
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, trans. Hollingdale, (Penguin) 014044923X
Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals / Ecce Homo, trans. Kaufmann and Hollingdale (Vintage) 0679724621
Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols / The Antichrist, trans. Hollingdale (Penguin) 0140445145
Recommended (plus others….)
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, (Rowman & Littlefield 2001)
Allison, ed., The New Nietzsche (MIT Press, 1985)  still the best book for the buck
Acampora, Critical Essays on the Genealogy of Morals Rowman and Littlefield
Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy (Columbia University Press)
Klossowski, Such a Deathly Desire ( SUNY Press) 0791471969
Note on translation and translations
“Retranslating” Nietzsche is an academic ‘growth’ enterprise. There are a lot of translations. Most of these vary little from the above list of solid or standard translations without, for the most part, managing to improve substantively on these. Some have very fine covers, most do not, and the reader may well prefer one printing font to another and in some cases new translations also feature supplementary texts here and there. In general, however, as Nietzsche was not merely a good writer but one of the supreme stylists of the German language, the student is advised to invest not in numerous new translations but in the German. Nietzsche is best, if his voice is often strikingly unfamiliar, in German rather than English, no matter the translation,
Nietzsche Babich
Fordham University Spring 2014
Assigned and recommended readings
Books have been ordered through the Rose Hill campus bookstore although many of these readings can be also be ordered online (sometimes at a decent discount on Amazon and many texts are available on line (at the cost of even more questionable renderings, to be sure, through the Nietzsche Channel and other resources. Books have also been placed on reserve at the library reserve desk. Additional supplementary readings will also be posted as PDFs on Blackboard as available.
Requirements
• Reading Nietzsche.
This is a reading-intensive course. Preparation of all assigned reading is required in advance of class meetings.
• Discussing Nietzsche.
In class presentations/participation (20 %)
• Paper Proposal [Abstract] and Consultation (20%)
• Two Page, double spaced, Compact Version of Final (10%)
• Final Paper (50 %)
Schedule of Primary Readings
Subject to Revision!
Jan 15 Introduction – How One Becomes What One Is
“Homer und die klassische Philologie” (Inaugural Lecture in Basel, 1869)
Background refs: Nietzsche, Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks,
Ecce Homo; Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”; Babich,
“On Nietzsche’s Judgment of Style and Hume’s Quixotic Taste,” Acampora, “Nietzsche’s Agonal Wisdom,” Granier, “Perspectivism and
Interpretation” in Allison, The New Nietzsche
Jan 22 Apollo and Dionysus: The Tension of Art
Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy §1-15; Ecce Homo (Nietzsche on The Birth of Tragedy)
Rec: Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapter 1; Nietzsche, “The Dionysiac World View”
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Fordham University Spring 2014
Jan 29 Apollo and Dionysus: The Tension of Art
Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy; §16-25
Rec: Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapter 1; Babich, Nietzsche and Beethoven”
Feb 5 History and the Invention of the Subject: The Origins of Genealogy
Nietzsche “Schopenhauer as Educator” and “Uses/Disadvantages of History for Life” in Unfashionable Observations; Ecce Homo (Nietzsche on his Untimely Meditations)
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Introduction, Chapter One
Rec: Nietzsche, Human, All too Human; Derrida, “The Question of Style”; Deleuze, “Nomad Thought” in Allison, The New Nietzsche,
Feb 12 The Imaginary Nietzsche
Video: When Nietzsche Wept (2007)
Rec: Yalom, Nietzsche Wept; Cavani, Al di là del bene e del male (1977)
Feb 19 Science, Style, and Art
Nietzsche, The Gay Science: Books I and Two; Ecce Homo (Nietzsche on his The Gay Science)
Rec: Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Introduction; Derrida, “The Question of Style”; Babich, “The Gay Science” in Ansell-Pearson, ed., A Companion to Nietzsche
Feb 26 Amor Fati, The Death of God, The Eternal Return
Nietzsche, The Gay Science; Books Three and Four; Ecce Homo (Nietzsche on his The Gay Science and Thus Spoke Zarathustra)
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapter Two
Rec: Klossowski, Such a Deathly Desire and “Nietzsche’s Experience of the Eternal Return”; Blanchot, “The Limits of Experience: Nihilism”; Lingis, “The Will to Power” in Allison, The New Nietzsche; Robin Small, Nietzsche in Context (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000); as well as Hatab; Heidegger; Brusotti, etc.
Mar 5 A Book for Everyone and No One: Nihilism and the Common Man
Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra; Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Ch 3
Rec: Heidegger, “Who is Nietzsche’s Zarathustra” in Allison. See also the contributions to New Nietzsche Studies (Vol 6, Nos. 3/4 [2004] and Vol 7, Nos 1/2 [2005]), etc.
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Mar 12 Innocence and Banality: Decadence and Convalescence
Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapters Three and Four
Rec: Haar, “Nietzsche and Metaphysical Language”; Heidegger, “Who is Nietzsche’s Zarathustra”; Babich, “Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, Nietzsche’s Empedocles”; Paul Loeb, The Death of Zarathustra
Mar 19 NO CLASS — AKA Spring Break —
Mar 26 The Continuing Seduction: The Ideal of Truth
Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil and Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Rec: Granier, “Perspectivism and Interpretation” in Allison, The New Nietzsche; Nietzsche, Human, All too Human; “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense”; etc
Apr 2 Ressentiment and the Morality of Impotence
Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals – Parts One and Two
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapter Four
Rec: Deleuze, “Active and Reactive”; Lingis, “The Will to Power” in Allison, The New Nietzsche; Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy
Apr 9 The Truth of the Subject: Law, Justice, Religion, Modern Science
Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals – Parts Two and Three
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapter Four
Rec: Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy; Acampora, Critical Essays on the Genealogy of Morals
Apr 16 How Truth Becomes an Illusion: Law, Justice, Religion, Modern Science
Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Allison, Reading the New Nietzsche, Chapter Four
Rec: Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy
Apr 23 Attempt at a Revaluation of All Values
Nietzsche, The Antichrist
Rec: Paul Valadier, “Science and Religion”; Tom Altizer, “Nietzsche and Apocalypse” New Nietzsche Studies 4:3/4 (2000-2001): 1-14.
Apr 28 Mini-Symposium
— Proposals due—
Title & 150 word abstract
Schedule paper consultations with instructor

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