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Introduction to Nietzsche and His 5 Greatest Ideas: 6-Day Course

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Introduction to Nietzsche

What the Course Will Deliver to Your Inbox Over 6 Days:

20,000+ words

Crystal clear insight into Nietzsche’s most provocative arguments and ideas.

6 concise overviews

One succinct overview (30-40 min read) distilling each core topic covered.

6 guided reflections

Six sets of questions and reflections to round out each day's philosophizing.

6 reading lists

Six curated reading lists for effective further exploration of Nietzsche’s great ideas.

1Life, Work, and Legacy

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? What life did he lead that led him to have the ideas that he did? On day one we’ll set the scene and contextualize what’s to come by looking at Nietzsche the man, his influences, and outline all of his major works and chronology.

2The Apollonian & Dionysian

On day two we’ll start digging deeper into Nietzsche’s core ideas. We’ll begin with his early distinction between the Apollonian and Dionysian, which acts not only as a supremely illuminating way to consider life and art, but also as a precursor to his later ideas.

3Perspectivism

Do human beings have access to objective truth? Day three will consider Nietzsche’s fascinating theory of perspectivism, a highly sophisticated account of what truth is and how we can access it — an account that continues to excite scholars today.

4Master & Slave Morality

Where do morals come from? Nietzsche’s profound contribution to answering this question will be discussed on day four, where we’ll assess his takedown of traditional values like altruism, as well as his concepts of the ascetic ideal, master morality, and slave morality.

5God is Dead & the Übermensch

What should we value in a Godless world — and why? Nietzsche’s attempt to provide a ‘revaluation of values’ will be discussed on day five, where we’ll consider his famous ideas that God is Dead, the eternal recurrence, and the Übermensch (superman).

6The Will to Power

Is there a unified system that underpins Nietzsche’s thought? Well, the ‘will to power’ is a good candidate. Day six will discuss how the will to power plays a crucial role throughout Nietzsche’s writings, and summarize where scholars stand on it today.

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