Friedrich Nietzsche: Truth and Morality

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research - New York

Course Details
$315 3 seats left
Start Date:

Tue, May 12, 6:30pm - Jun 02, 9:30pm (4 sessions)

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 14

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this philosophy class:

Friedrich Nietzsche is among the most notorious and controversial thinkers in the western intellectual tradition. He aimed to philosophize “with a hammer,” to demolish the philosophical tradition founded by Socrates and Plato and slaughter its most sacred cows. Central to that tradition is the value placed on truth, reason, objectivity, and a moral system based on altruism and self-sacrifice. 

In contrast to forming the bedrock of a stable political and social order, Nietzsche provocatively argued that these values and ideals had made European culture sick. They had actually lead to a stultifying nihilism that has left us “physiologically depressed,” weary of life, and of ourselves. Using a method he called “genealogy,” Nietzsche launched an attempt to unearth and expose the true sources and evolution of our fundamental values in order to show why and how they should be overcome.

In this class students will explore key Nietzschean concepts: the will to power, perspectivism, the “free spirit”, the übermensch, and the eternal recurrence of the same, among others. Why must traditional values be overcome, and how do we do so? In what ways does the assault on objectivity impact other aspects of our lives, be they political, social, or scientific? And what kind of ethics remain once we have moved, as he urges us to do, “beyond good and evil?” 

Readings will include selections from The Gay Science, Beyond Good and Evil, and the Genealogy of Morals.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows:

We'll grant full course credit up to the start of the first class. After the first class we can offer 75% course credit; after the second 50%; and after the third 25%.


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson 4 $315
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, May 19 6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson
Tue, May 26 6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson
Tue, Jun 02 6:30pm - 9:30pm Michael Stevenson

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