What we're about
Upcoming events (1)
We will be reading Nietzsche's The Gay Science (1882, 2nd edition in 1887). See the list of aphorisms below, which is borrowed from the Partially Examined Life episode and covers what is included in most anthologies.
We have read two books of Nietzsche before, the Genealogy and Zarathustra, and one of the takeaways have been that his criticisms of culture are to the point, but that his positive account of an alternative philosophy is vague. The Gay Science is considered as one of his books where he is most clear about what he thinks is the alternative, the better, way of living. It has something to do with the synthesis of the rational, scientific, way of living with the instinctual, gay (i.e., joyful or cheerful) way of living. In his Birth of Tragedy that would have been called the synthesis of the Apollonian and Dionysian in the context of art.
One of the most recommended translators of Nietzsche is Walter Kaufmann, so an edition such as https://www.amazon.com/Gay-Science-Prelude-Rhymes-Appendix-ebook/dp/B003E8AJEM is a sure bet.
This will be the first event face-to-face again as I expect most people to be fully vaccinated by now, but it is subject to change if the situation grows worse before the event takes place. The location is preliminary and I will scope out how busy it tends to be at this time.
Preface, 1-4, 7, 11, 26, 34, 54, 57-60, 72, 76, 78, 99,[masked],[masked], 124, 125, 127, 130,[masked], 149, 151,[masked], 163, 173, 174, 179, 184, 193, 200, 205, 228, 231, 232, 250, 258,[masked],[masked], 289, 290, 292, 301, 310, 312, 316, 319, 322, 324, 325, 327, 329, 332, 334, 335, 338, 339,[masked],[masked], 349, 352,[masked],[masked], 369, 370,[masked], 377, 380, 381, 382.
A few guidelines to keep in mind:
- No prior knowledge of philosophy is required.
- We will do charitable readings and try to find the merit in whatever text we are reading.
Example secondary sources: