Monday, August 16, 2010

A short course on Nietzsche's Psychological Theory

I'm thinking about hopefully doing another decal class either next Spring (2011) or the subsequent Fall (2011).

The course could be called "Nietzsche's Psychology": I have to locate the best passages in Nietzsche that talk about his psychological theory. Then the class would read through this selection and discuss it over the first three weeks. After that, the class would have twelve weeks to read and discuss some secondary literature, which should amount to about 7-8 articles.

Here are the passages from Nietzsche that I'm considering:

D: 109
BGE: 6,9, 12, 19, 20, 21, 36
TI: "The Four Great Errors"

(will add more and keep this updated)

Here is the secondary literature that I'm considering:

1. "The Case for Nietzschean Moral Psychology" by Knobe & Leiter
2. "Freud and Nietzsche on Sublimation" by Gemes
3. "Nietzsche's Theory of the Will" by Leiter
4. "Nietzsche on the Will: An Analysis of BGE 19" by Clark & Dudrick
5. "Nietzsche's Philosophical Psychology" by Katsafanas
6. "Nietzsche on Morality, Drives, and Human Greatness" by Janaway
7. "The Concept of Unified Agency in Nietzsche, Plato, and Schiller" by Katsafanas

If you had to choose a few awesome articles on Nietzsche's psychological theory, which would you choose? (I can include chapters and passages from books as well.)

I'd appreciate any suggestions on good passages in Nietzsche or on good articles of secondary literature.

Also, what would be a good name for the course? (e.g. Nietzsche's Psychology, Nietzsche's Psychological Theory, Nietzsche's Psychoanalytic Theory...?)

Ugh...and I can't wait for the Clark & Dudrick book, Nietzsche's Magnificent Tension of the Spirit!!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Recent Discussions on the Secondary Literature

Regarding Consciousness and Moral Responsibility, Leiter has posted about the article "Nietzsche's Philosophical Psychology" (written by Paul Katsafanas). Here is the discussion, and check the comments section for Katsafanas's response. Also, here is Leiter's follow-up post in response to the commentary.

Leiter has also recently posted about the article "Nietzsche, the Self, and the Disunity of Philosophical Reason" (written by Sebastian Gardner). Read that here.