Nietzsche, Foucault and the Genealogical Approach to the History of Philosophy

Course Code ICH5710HF
Semester First Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

This seminar examines that philosophical approach to the history of philosophy that travels under the name of genealogy. It does so in terms of close readings of selected texts of the tradition's two major figures: Friederich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault against the backdrop of a number of ancient and medieval examples of protreptic rhetoric. It thereby attests the thesis that contemporary genealogy is the latest manifestation of the protreptic tradition in the history of philosophy, i.e., a deliberative rhetoric designed to exhort recipients to turn (convertere) from harm to health, from falsehood to truth, from the base to the noble.

Crosslisted to (1) Theological
Schedule Tue
Start Time 9:30
End Time 12:30
Hours Per Week 3
Minimum Enrolment 3
Maximum Enrolment 15
Enrolment Notes

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Additional Notes

Additioanl Evlauation: weekly papers, seminar presenation

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Research Paper
Previously Offered Fall 2012
Currently Offered Fall 2016
Next Scheduled Fall 2020