Death of God
Death of God 2023-24
School Of History, Law And Social Sciences
Module - Semester 1
The module begins by examining how the events of Nietzsche’s life and the cultural climate of his time are reflected in his writing style and the ideas he seeks to expound. Following this introduction, the module is divided into four parts. In part one we explore the philosophical context for why God’s death is deemed a necessity for Nietzsche. Here we look at his criticism of Christianity and Platonism, and examine his concepts of will to power, slave and master morality, bad conscience and ressentiment. In part two we examine the nature of God’s death, and by looking at a variety of Nietzsche’s writings, we piece together how God ‘died’. In part three, we begin to investigate the implications of the death of God for our understanding of morality, truth, and suffering. Here students are introduced to Nietzsche’s idea of a revaluation of values, and his famous conceptions of the Übermensch (or superman), eternal recurrence, and the relevance of Dionysus. Finally, in part 4 we revisit the key ideas that have been explored within this module to entertain a controversial yet coherent reading of Nietzsche’s philosophy—one that proposes the possibility of God’s return.
-threshold -D- - D +. Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows:Generally accurate but with omissions and errors.Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning.Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions.Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
-good -Good C- - C +. Submitted work is competent throughout and occasionally distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: - Good structure and logically developed arguments. - At least in parts draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. - Assertions are, in the main, backed by evidence and sound reasoning. - Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.Very Good B- - B+. Submitted work is competent throughout and distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It demonstrates: - Very good structure and logically developed arguments. - Draws on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student. - Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning. - Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
-excellent -A - - A*. Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways: - Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent. - Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study. - Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
- Display a detailed knowledge of the texts covered in the module.
- Display some knowledge of the ways in which the concept of the ‘death of God’ has been variously interpreted and developed by thinkers.
- Engage orally and in writing with these texts in a philosophical way, considering arguments and ideas carefully and analytically.
- Expound and critically evaluate some of the philosophical and cultural implications of these different interpretations.
Glossary. Provide a summary and explanation of key terms selected from a given list of terms. For each, include at least one reference from a work by Nietzsche and a work by a scholar who discusses Nietzsche.
Text Analysis. A selection of passages from Nietzsche's own writings will be provided. Select one and provide an analysis of its content. You may wish to analyse the overall message that you (or other scholars) think Nietzsche sought to convey in the passage, or you may wish to analyse one or more ideas discussed in the passage. You are encouraged to use some of the philosophical terms you have learnt in the module and discussed in your first assessment (the glossary). You are encouraged to reference scholarship on Nietzsche and other passages or works by Nietzsche to support your discussion.