HIS 350L • Marx and Nietzsche-W
This course introduces students to the writings of two of the most radical writers of the European nineteenth century, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche. As a course in intellectual history, it will ask how the arguments of extreme writers such as Marx and Nietzsche relate to their historical contexts, e.g. political events and socio-economic developments. As well, however, we will ask how and why the ideas of these two thinkers transcended their specific nineteenth-century contexts to be highly influential in the twentieth century. We will thus conclude the course by reading more recent historiographical and theoretical reflections on the long-term legacies of these two thinkers. Students should be prepared to do significant reading in philosophy and social theory.
Three short essays: 5% each (to equal 75% altogether) Weekly response papers and class participation: 25%
Subject to change: Robert C. Tucker, ed., The Marx-Engels Reader Schlomo Avineri, The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx Friedrich Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy Friedrich Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science In addition, there will be a course reader.