Jan 29, 2013

Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals Videos Available

I've finished recording the final video in the sequence covering Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morals:

Originally, I planned on shooting only three videos -- one on each of the three essays comprising the work.  But, I realized by the third one that I'd need to linger a bit over some of the points, particularly in the final, considerably longer essay.  So, I split my study of that section over two videos.  Here's the whole sequence:
I also shot one shorter Core Concept video -- which I'll be posting later this week -- focused specifically on a particular issue from the second essay I wanted to examine in a bit more depth:  Nietzsche's views on the origin and purpose(s) of punishment -- one of the passages from the Geneaology probably best exemplifying the genealogical method in philosophy.

As an aside, you can see clear outlines of Nietzsche's thought running throughout all of Foucault's  later work -- passages echoing Nietzsche's discussion of how purposes primarily reflect a will-to-power, or a clash of wills -- for instance in Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison and in The History of Sexuality. Another good work to get a handle on the "genealogical approach" is Alasdair MacIntyre's Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopaedia, Genealogy, and Tradition.

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