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Cyberseminar: Nietzsche And Objectivism (2000)
Weclome to The Atlas Society's 2000 online "CyberSeminar" entitled "Nietzsche and Objectivism."
The topic of this CyberSeminar is the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and its influence on Ayn Rand. In Nietzsche we have a thinker of great direct significance for Objectivism due to the similarity often drawn between his ethics and Rand’s and his probable influence on Rand. The syllabus is broken into four major topical sections, with assigned readings associated with each section.
1. On Human Nature and Values
Genealogy of Morals, Preface and First Essay
Beyond Good and Evil, Part IV, sections 68 and 158; all of Part IX
2. On Metaphysics and Epistemology
The Will to Power, Book III, Part I, sections 466-617; and section 1067
Genealogy of Morals, "Preface," section 2; Third Essay, sections 12 and 25
Beyond Good & Evil, sections 207 and 211
The Gay Science, section 354
3. On History and Culture
The Will to Power, "Preface" and Book I
Beyond Good & Evil, "Part One: On the Prejudices of Philosophers"
4. Nietzsche and Ayn Rand
Will to Power, sections 246 and 369
Twilight of the Idols, section 33
"The Challenge of Every Great Philosophy" (excerpted in Walter Kaufmann's Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre)
Human, All-too-Human, "A Glance at the State"
Chris Sciabarra, "The Influence of Nietzsche in Russia," pp. 31-35 of Ayn Rand, The Russian Radical
Ronald Merrill, The Ideas of Ayn Rand, Chapter 3
Ayn Rand, We the Living (1936), pp. 90-96
Ayn Rand, "First Philosophical Journal," Chapter 3 of Journals of Ayn Rand, ed. David Harriman