with Renée Reitsma
Tuesdays 6 & 20 February, 20:00
Friedrich Nietzsche’s writings concerning religion and culture have been the topic of debate since their publication in the 1880’s. His sister, an avowed national socialist, famously edited his works and archive in order to suit her political agenda - and indeed, Nietzsche’s writings were taken up by key Nazi figures.
These interpretations of Nietzsche’s work have been convincingly discredited in the latter half of the 20th Century. However, we are currently seeing it re-emerge, as the alt-right, lead by Richard Spencer, has taken an interest in Nietzsche’s writings.
In these two sessions we will be looking at Nietzsche’s thought on culture and religion, focused specifically on Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morality, and The Anti-Christ. We will explore some of his writings on anti-semitism, Judaism, Christianity, and German culture. By doing so, we will see to what extent Nietzsche can be thought of as an anti-semite, and try to understand how his works have been used in order to serve propaganda purposes.