Courses: Nietzsche on Truth and Truthfulness (PHILH226B01)

Spring 2012

The common understanding of the philosopher, Nietzsche, is that he is a philosophical warrior and a Nay-sayer based on his attack on Christian morality as a slave morality in On the Genealogy of Morality. What this understanding of Nietzsche overlooks, however, is that On the Genealogy of Morality is a polemic (the subtitle) and that because it is a polemic it does not reveal to its readers what lies beyond good and evil that will take the place of Christian morality for the philosophers of the future. In this course, we will encounter a different Nietzsche, one who is an affirmer of life and a Yea-sayer, by following the thread and weaving together what Nietzsche is saying about the practice of truthfulness (Wahrhaftigkeit), genuine honesty (Redlichkeit), and intellectual conscience (das intellektuelle Gewissen) in The Gay Science and Beyond Good and Evil.

Prerequisites: One Phil course at the 100 level or consent.

Fulfills: HU III Limit:25


Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Kathleen Wright (Profile)


Haverford, Gest 101

Meeting Times

TTh 1:00-2:30