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Description: Does truth matter to us today? Is truth, as Nietzsche says in On Truth and Lying from a Non-moral Sense, a “mobile army of metaphors, metonymies, anthropomorphisms”? Are Truths “illusions of which we have forgotten that they are illusions”? What about truthfulness? Does it matter? Is the will to truth “the will not to deceive another”? Or is it “the will no to let oneself be deceived”? Or is the will to truth “the will not to deceive oneself”? Finally what is the relation between the will to truth and the will to power?

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Philosophy 226a Nietzsche


Kathleen Wright





Description: Does truth matter to us today? Is truth, as Nietzsche says in On Truth and Lying from a Non-moral Sense, a “mobile army of metaphors, metonymies, anthropomorphisms”? Are Truths “illusions of which we have forgotten that they are illusions”? What about truthfulness? Does it matter? Is the will to truth “the will not to deceive another”? Or is it “the will no to let oneself be deceived”? Or is the will to truth “the will not to deceive oneself”? Finally what is the relation between the will to truth and the will to power?





Required Texts: Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy, The Genealogy of Mortality, Beyond Good and Evil, The Gay Science





Requirements: Weekly Response paper, two short papers, and one term paper.





Course Outline


The Problem of Truth and Truthfulness


WEEK ONE Nietzsche, “Intellectual Conscience”


Bernard Williams, “The Problem’ in Truth and Truthfulness


WEEK TWO Nietzsche, “On Truth and Lying in a non-moral Sense”


Nietzsche, “On the Prejudices of Philosophers”


Simon Blackburn, “Nietzsche: The Arch Debunker” in Truth: A Guide





The Problem of Truth and Art


WEEK THREE Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music


WEEK FOUR Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music





The Problem of Truth and Mortality


WEEK FIVE Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morality (essay one)


WEEK SIX Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Mortality (essay two)


WEEK SEVEN Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Mortality (essay three)





The Problem of Truth in Non-Moral Sense


WEEK EIGHT Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


WEEK NINE Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil


WEEK TEN Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil





The Problem of Scientific Truth


WEEK ELEVEN Nietzsche, The Gay Science


WEEK TWELVE Nietzsche, The Gay Science


WEEK THIRTEEN Nietzsche, The Gay Science





WEEK FOURTEEN Intellectual Conscience and Honesty after Nietzsche