Geneological Method in Philosophy
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPHI 6685
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Sciences
Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality introduced a radically new way of doing philosophy, one that takes philosophical problems to have an essentially historical dimension. Such a method is clearly at odds with thinking that philosophical problems are independent of the particular times and places in which they emerge. But what, exactly, is distinctive about Nietzsche's conception of the relationship between philosophy and history? After all, many other philosophers have drawn upon history, or even done history themselves, in the course of making a philosophical point. Furthermore, what would it be to inherit Nietzsche's genealogical method, such that one could take a recognizably Nietzschean approach to dealing with other philosophical problems? This seminar is an in-depth reading of four texts that adopt a genealogical approach to doing philosophy: Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality, Foucault's History of Sexuality Vol. 1, Ian Hacking's Historical Ontology, and Mark Wilson's Wandering Significance.
Not open to Undergraduate students.