Faculty of Arts

PHIL 759

European Continental Philosophy 3

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for PHIL 759.


This course will focus on one of Friedrich Nietzsche’s most popular books, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (1883-85). We will work through the book section by section, and will discuss his key ideas of the Superhuman, the Will to Power, the Eternal Recurrence, the Death of God. We will also consider Nietzsche’s associated views on truth, value and the meaning of human life. In conjunction with the original text, we will compare and contrast the views of contemporary interpreters of Nietzsche’s positions as expressed in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and consider alternative interpretations of the character of Zarathustra in this key work.

Assessment: one 5,000-word essay.

Required Text: Friedrich Nietzsche, The Portable Nietzsche (New York:  The Viking Press), or any other publication that contains Kaufmann’s translation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

Availability 2018

Not taught in 2018


Lecturer(s) Associate Professor Robert Wicks


PHIL 759: 15.0 points

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