Ethics after Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality I
Instructor: Mehdi Parsa
This course aims to unpack the developments of ethical thought in continental European philosophy (particularly in France) after and in response to Nietzsche’s critique of morality which appears in his Genealogy of Morality and Beyond Good and Evil. The main conceptual distinction that I’m going to elaborate is between morality and ethics. And the main problematic is that how can we have a good life in a world in which there is no transcendent moral principle. Nietzsche’s critique of morality clears the space for French philosophers to think about a possibility of an immanent ethics.
The course is divided into three sections:
- Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morality: Against Formalism;
- Michel Foucault’s Idea of Parrhesia as the Element of Ethics;
- Gilles Deleuze’s Reading of Stoic ethics in Logic of Sense.
Students who register for this course get:
- 8 video-taped lectures, with a total running time of 225 minutes;
- Lecture notes with key points from the course;
- An indicative reading list;
- A set of optional tasks to check your learning;
- Course diploma (beta version).
- Familiarity with history of philosophy, particularly modern and contemporary philosophy with a focus on continental tradition.
- Students of philosophy, social sciences, humanities, and art;
- Graduate students with solid knowledge of Continental Philosophy.
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