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Nietzsche, History, Democracy

Lecturer: John Greene

Originally Taught: Winter School 2005

We will explore Nietzsche's work along three broad lines: his analysis of history - taken largely from his essay "On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life"; his notion of the Ubermensch - taken largely from Thus Spoke Zarathustra; and thirdly his many arguments and tirades against democracy to be found throughout his writings. Employing Francis Fukuyama's book The End of History and the Last Man, attention will focus on historical aspects of the spread of democracy and the question of what living in a democratic society means for our understanding of Nietzsche.