Image Courtesy The Nietzsche Page at USCFriedrich Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals

Friedrich Nietzsche's work has been variously read and misread, interpreted and misinterpreted, applied and misapplied, by scholars, students, politicians, the powerful, and the disenfranchised. As students and instructors in the Core course, we must read Nietzsche closely, responsibly, and in a way that "unpacks" the tightly compacted but insightfully observant style of Nietzsche's prose. As we examine this hypertext's excerpted passages from On the Genealogy of Morals, we will be asked to read and analyze Nietzsche's words in several contexts: as part of an organic text, as part of the body of Nietzsche's work, and as part of the larger body of Core course texts. The goals of this hypertext are to help students read Nietzsche more accurately and thoughtfully, to see connections between the Genealogy and other Core texts, but not to explain Nietzsche's writing.

This hypertext, funded by a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South and the Mellon Foundation, provides a skeletal framework for the kind of close, analytical reading Nietzsche's words require and deserve. As such, it covers only one section from each of Genealogy's three essays. Each section will offer several links to questions for further consideration, related passages in other essays and other texts, and definitions. After working through this hypertext and offering your comments on the site, consider making similar "links" to other passages and texts in your own reading. In a sense, this hypertext models an effective active reading process, whereby the reader recognizes key concepts and relates them to similar concepts in other passages and texts.

Before beginning your work in the hypertext, read Dr. Gary Shapiro's introduction to the project. Dr. Shapiro is a professor in the University of Richmond's Department of Philosophy and the University's foremost authority on the life and work of Friedrich Nietzsche.

As faculty prepare to use this hypertext, note that the authors have included instructional materials to supplement the readings offered in this hypertext.


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