Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Bambach, Charles
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6329 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Philosophical Issues and the Humanities

Description of Course:

This graduate seminar will focus on the problem of literary/philosophical interpretation as a model for reading works in the humanities. In that spirit we will spend most of our class time reading one text -- Thus Spoke Zarathustra--very slowly. In order to properly grasp Nietzsche's aim(s)in this text, we will also read as background material his early writings on the Greeks. Since, on its surface, Zarathustra has little to do with Greek culture, we may well ask why we will pursue such an unusual strategy. Part of why I choose to approach matters in this way involves my conviction that Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a work of tragedy modeled on a Dionysian interpretation of modernity---and like Greek tragedy, it has as its esential theme the problem of justice (ontologically considered). By paying close attention to structural, rhetorical, and dramatical detail as well as the philosophical sources of Nietzsche's opus, I hope to introduce students to a hermeneutical way of reading that aims to affect their approach to reading itself.

Required Texts:

Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Hollingdale Translation)
The Nietzsche Reader, ed., Keith Ansell-Pearson
Essays: "The Greek State" & "Homer on Competition" & "On Truth and Lies in an Extra-Moral Sense"

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Protokoll of 1-2pp., a paper proposal of 1-2 pp. and an essay of 13-15 pp. length to cover some aspect of Nietzsche's philosophy that we deal with this semester.

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