POLITICAL SCIENCE 551: NIETZSCHE
Professor Larry Arnhart
Tuesdays, 6:30-9:15 pm, DuSable 466
OFFICE HOURS: Wed, Thurs, Fri, 12:30-2:00 pm, other times by appt.
TEXTS: Nietzsche, The Basic Writings of Nietzsche, trans. by Walter Kaufmann (Modern Library); The Portable Nietzsche, trans. by Kaufmann (Viking); Human, All Too Human, trans. by R. J. Hollingdale (Cambridge)
The final grade will be based on the grades for journal entries and responses (30% for entries and responses in the first half of the semester, 30% for entries and responses in the second half), class participation (15% for the first half of the semester, 15% for the second half), and a final essay (10%). Grades for the first half of the semester will be given out March 21. The journal entries and responses are due as indicated in the schedule. The final essay is due no later than May 9 at 12 noon at the instructor’s office.
For the journal writing, you will be put into journal groups (of 2 or 3 members). You will distribute copies of your journal entries to them and to the instructor. You will then write responses to their entries and distribute those responses to them and to the instructor.
The journal entries should be at least 600 words (roughly 2 pages typed). Each of the journal responses should be at least 300 words (roughly 1 page).
The purpose of this journal writing is to struggle in some manner with the reading assignment for each week. There will be many potentially interesting topics in the reading for each week. Usually, it is best to pick out one or two major topics as the subject of your journal entry.
Jan 17 Introduction
Jan 24 “On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense,” Portable Nietzsche, 42-47
The Birth of Tragedy
Jan 31 Human, All Too Human, Pref., secs. 1-144
Response #1, Entry #2
Feb 7 Human, All Too Human, secs. 145-437
Response #2, Entry #3
Feb 14 Human, All Too Human, secs. 438-638
Response #3, Entry #4
Feb 21 Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part One
Response #4, Entry #5
Feb 28 Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part Two
Response #5, Entry #6
Mar 7 Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part Three
Response #6, Entry #7
Mar 21 Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part Four
Response #7, Entry #8
Mar 28 Beyond Good and Evil, secs. 1-44
Response #8, Entry #9
Apr 4 Beyond Good and Evil, secs. 45-185
Response #9, Entry #10
Apr 11 Beyond Good and Evil, secs. 186-213
Response #10, Entry #11
Apr 18 Beyond Good and Evil, secs. 214-256
Response #11, Entry #12
Apr 25 Beyond Good and Evil, secs. 257-296
Response #12, Entry #13
May 2 The Antichrist
Response #13, Entry #14