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The course introduces the students into the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. It combines a study on the intellectual biography of Nietzsche with a systematic conceptual approach to the ideas of the German philosopher. Starting from his early writings the course traces the immanent developments in Nietzsche’s thought and suggests a systematic reading of his works after the Gay Science. The influence of Nietzsche on the XX century philosophy and especially on Heidegger, Foucault and Deleuze is also outlined.

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Философия (на английски език)


проф. Димитър Вацов  д-р

Описание на курса:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

• They will know the intellectual biography as well as the main conceptual apparatus of Friedrich Nietzsche.

2) are capable of:

• The students will be able to distinguish motifs and themes streaming from Nietzsche’s thinking in contemporary philosophical texts and debates.

Предварителни изисквания:
• No preliminary requirements

Форми на провеждане:

Учебни форми:

Език, на който се води курса:

Теми, които се разглеждат в курса:

  1. 1 The biography of Nietzsche. Romantic motifs in his early writings. Nietzsche’s conceptual personae (Apollo and Dionysus). Art and rhetoric vs. science and logic. Lecture
  2. 2 Seminar: Nietzsche, “The truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense” Workshop
  3. 3 Nietzsche’s perspectivism: from the perspectival reading of history to the general ontological perspectivism in the late writings (The will to power) Lecture
  4. 4 Seminar: Nietzsche, “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life” Workshop
  5. 5 The death of God and the nihilism. The “slave revolt” in morals: the ressentiment of the slaves and the surreptitious role of the priests and of the philosophers (Christ and Socrates as conceptual personae). The European history of decadence. Heidegger on Nietzsche. Lecture
  6. 6 Seminar: Nietzsche, “The Problem of Socrates” and “Antichrist” Workshop
  7. 7 What is genealogy? Outlining the family resemblances and the differences between the genealogies of Nietzsche and Foucalt. Lecture
  8. 9 Will to power (force) – re-evaluation of all values – eternal return. The logical skeleton of the late writings of Nietzsche. The problem of the Subject. Lecture
  9. 9 Will to power (force) – re-evaluation of all values – eternal return. The logical skeleton of the late writings of Nietzsche. The problem of the Subject. Lecture
  10. 10 Seminar: Nietzsche, selected fragments from “The Will to Power” Workshop
  11. 11 Ubermensch. Zarathustra as a conceptual persona. “Masters’morality” or what is to judge beyond the good and the evil. The perspectivism and the freedom of evaluation. Lecture
  12. 12 Seminar: Nietzsche, selected fragments from “The Will to Power” Workshop
  13. 13 Giles Deleuze’s interpretation of Nietzsche. Lecture
  14. 14 Richard Rorty’s and Stanley Cavell’s uses of Nietzsche Lecture
  15. 15 Paper presentations Intermediate evaluation

Литература по темите:

Butler, J. 1997. The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Cavell, S. 1995. Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, Derrida. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Deleuze, G. 2002. Nietzsche and Philosophy. 3rd ed. Translated by H. Tomlinson. New York: Continuum.

Foucault, M. 1978. History of Sexuality. Vol. 1, An Introduction. Translated by R. Hurley. New York: Pantheon Books.

Foucault, M. 1982. “The Subject and Power.” Translated by L. Sawyer. Critical Inquiry 8 (4): 777–95.

Koopman, C. 2013. Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Nehamas, A. 1985. Nietzsche: Life as Literature. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Nietzsche, F. The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Vols. 1-19. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Owen, D. 1999. “Orientation and Enlightenment: An Essay on Critique and Genealogy.” In Foucault Contra Habermas. Recasting the Dialogue between Genealogy and Critical Theory, edited by S. Ashenden and D. Owen, 21–44. London: Sage Publications.

Owen, D. 2007. Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Patton, P. 1989. “Taylor and Foucault on Power and Freedom.” Political Studies 37 (2): 260–76.

Patton, P. 1993. “Politics and the Concept of Power in Hobbes and Nietzsche.” In Nietzsche, Feminism and Political Theory, edited by P. Patton, 144–61. London: Routledge.

Patton, P. 2000. Deleuze and the Political. London: Routledge.

Plass, U. 2015. “Moral Critique and Private Ethics in Nietzsche and Adorno.” Constellations 22 (3): 381–92.

Rorty, R. 1989. Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Strong, T. B. 2013. “In Defense of Rhetoric: Or How Hard It Is to Take a Writer Seriously: The Case of Nietzsche.” Political Theory 41 (4): 507–32.

Vatsov, D. 2017. “Rethinking the Paradox of the Subject: “Power” and “Freedom” in Nietzsche and Foucault”. International Critical Thought. 7:2, 233-251.

Средства за оценяване:

1) Paper;

2) Discussion.