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PH334 - Nietzsche in Context

  • Module code: PH334
  • Module name: Nietzsche in Context
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will involve a study of the philosophies of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche. The texts and ideas of both thinkers have exerted a profound influence on art, literature, culture, and philosophy in the twentieth century. With Schopenhauer the focus is on some key parts of volume one of his The World as Will and Representation (WWR), such as his doctrine of the will to life, his conception of art and and his conception of ethics, including his core claim that only acts of compassion constitute the genuine basis of morality and his doctrine of saintly renunciation. With Nietzsche we will cover some key ideas and problems and from across the full range of his corpus, including art, the motif of the tragic and Dionysus, the critique of morality, the love of fate and eternal recurrence, life as will to power, and the death of God and nihilism. We shall examine how some important 20th century philosophers, such as Heidegger and Deleuze, have engaged with Nietzsche.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will have acquired a solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each philosopher; a mature understanding of the nature of Nietzsche’s differences from Schopenhauer; and be able to discuss incisively and critically several of the key concepts and ideas of each philosopher both in seminar discussions and written work.

Timetabled teaching activities

Teaching activities comprise I x 2 hour Lecture and 1 hour seminar weekly during the course of one term.

Departmental link

http://www.go.warwick.ac.uk/ph334

Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH334-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) 1500 word essay 15%
  2500 word essay 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy (GV17) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Intercalated Year (GV18) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Philosophy with Specialism in Logic and Foundations (GV19) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Classical Civilisation with Philosophy (Q8V7) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History and Philosophy (V1V5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (V700) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy (wiith Intercalated year) (V701) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MF) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MG) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MH) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MI) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MJ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MM) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MQ) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MS) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (V7Q8) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4