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Nietzsche (1844-1900) lived during the first era of globalization, at the height of European civilization before the horrors of the great war. Three adjectives to describe Nietzsche would be “prophetic,” “schizophrenic,” and “quite funny.” This course will survey the writings and wanderings of a tortured man who was undoubtedly one of the greatest European philosophers to ever live.
Locations: Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, San Carlos, San Mateo
Recommended hours: 6-13
- Understand Nietzsche’s critique of European civilization
- Understand the theory of the Eternal Recurrence
- Become familiar with Nietzsche’s aphoristic style
- Connect Nietzsche’s writings to his historical situation