New Seminar: “Late Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist”

Announcing a new seminar: “Late Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist.”

This seminar will meet weekly on Wednesdays 12 – 2 p.m. (US Central Time), starting on January 31, 2024.

Friedrich Nietzsche is not only one of the most influential thinkers of modern and ‘postmodern’ philosophy, art, and literature, but he is also one of the most important forerunners of the philosophy of orientation. Behind his seemingly aggressive doctrines of the ‘will to power,’ ‘death of God,’ ‘overman,’ and ‘masters and slaves,’ there is a refined and nuanced thinker, who carefully composes new forms of philosophical writing in order to articulate and push forward his radical and experimental ways of philosophizing. His critical perspectivism, phenomenalism, and his affirmation of the evolution of thinking has revolutionized and continues to inspire philosophy up to the present day.

Among Nietzsche’s most aggressive and polemical are his late works, driven by a heightened pursuit of public attention, such as Twilight of the Idols (1889), subtitled How to Philosophize with a Hammer, and The Antichrist (1889), his provocative Curse on Christianity. At the same time, these late works manifest great pathos, extreme density, and concision that must be taken seriously and require careful readings with attention to detail. In this seminar, we will explore, through the lens of the philosophy of orientation, the extent to which Nietzsche’s provocative late works may in fact conceal profound strategies to reorient philosophy and “transvaluate all values.”

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