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Rick Roderick on Nietzsche as Master of Suspicion&Immoralist [full length]

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This video is 3rd in the 8-part series, Nietzsche and the Postmodern Condition (1991).Lecture notes:I. Nietzsche was a master of suspicion.A. Nietzsche writes in various styles such as fragments and aphorism making it hard to know what to interpret.B. What is style in writing? It's a writer finding his/her voice.C. Nietzsche's styles open the problem of interpretation1. If there is style, there must be more than one.2. Style is only style to the extent to which we can differentiate it from another style.II. The method of Nietzsche's genealogy.A. A genealogy attempts to uncover the formations of an entire discursive practice.B. Genealogy attempts a reversal of perspective.C. It is distinguished from Marxism and other kinds of history writings because it doesn't look for a singular subject or collective subjects. Instead it looks for micrological power (force to force).D. The truth of such accounts are the accuracy of their interpretations as a kind of choice one has made.III. Nietzsche's argument on the genealogy of morals:A. Nietzsche want's to trace the origins of our values.B. The procedure he follows makes use of modes forms psychological and historical reasoning, and studying the texts that we've structured out understanding of "whole bodies" on.C. The schema: Our morality which grew out of religion, (Christianity).D. Nietzsche sees civilization headed toward a dead-end.E. In The Genealogy of Morals, these is an invidious binary in the text: master and slave morality. He identifies master morality with Greek ideals and slave morality with Christian.IV. Nietzsche's background as a philologist warned him that words underwent semantic shifts between the Greek and Christian periods.A. The Greek word for excellence is translated as virtue or piety in the Christian period.B. Odysseus was honored in Greek society. He was well rounded and had "active powers". Nietzsche called these noble values.C. Nietzsche argues that the transformation of these values was life denying.D. Nietzsche didn't think this was entirely negative because he thought it made the human race more subtle and devious.For more information, see http://www.rickroderick.orgA philosophy podcast, The Partially Examined Life, held a detailed discussion of Nietzsche, which can be found here:

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