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Nietzsche’s Impact on 20th Century Thought
Professor Friedrich Ulfers
The objective of the seminar is to show how Nietzsche revolutionized Western philosophy
by transforming its dualistic-metaphysical worldview into a holistic one that corresponds to
the reality of the world as one interrelated whole. It will also show how this transformation
influenced significantly what is known as “Continental Philosophy,” which includes such figures as Heidegger, Derrida, and Deleuze.
Particular attention will be paid to the meaning of Nietzsche’s pronouncement that “God is
dead,” his declaration that the world is “Will to Power” and an “aesthetic phenomenon,”
and his idea of “Eternal Recurrence.” Also discussed will be the role language plays in Nietzsche’s view on epistemology and ontology, his revaluation of morality and his influence
on the arts.