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Nietzsche on Tragedy

October 15, 2021

Reblogging on the occasion of Freddie’s birthday.



I’ve long been looking for an opportunity to teach Nietzsche.  Whenever a new module is proposed I throw his name into the hat.  The trouble is, the exigencies of module descriptors demand team players.  Pedagogic streamlining calls for things that can be grouped together with other things.   And here is Nietzsche’s trouble.  He does not play well with others.

Perhaps a way forward would be to take all the other people who do not play well with others and put them together in on module.  William Blake, the Marquis de Sade and Friedrich Nietzsche – together at last.   “Put all our rotten eggs in one basket” as the camp commandant in The Great Escape so memorably put it.  I wonder how long it would take for them to escape the module?  You could call it The League of Inappropriate Gentlemen.

But this week, I’m to teach a seminar…

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