Spinoza and Nietzsche
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Philosophy
Course Number: GPHI 6129
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
Nietzsche famously writes of Spinoza: “I have a precursor, and what a precursor… Not only is his overall tendency like mine—making knowledge the most powerful affect—but in five main points of his doctrine I recognize myself… he denies the freedom of the will, teleology, the moral world order, the unegoistic, and evil… In summa: my lonesomeness, which, as on very high mountains, often made it hard for me to breathe and made my blood rush out, is now at least a twosomeness. Strange.”The aim of this lecture course is explore Nietzsche's claim by systematically comparing the two thinkers. We will focus on Spinoza's Ethics and Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals and Beyond Good and Evil, along with other texts, confronting their positions on, fir example, the geometrical method and the aphorisms; the causa sui and the death of God; the attack on religion and the attack on reason; nihilism and the ethics; the will to power and the conatus doctrine; perspectivism and monism; amor dei and amor fati.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.