ICS Calendar Title: Nietzsche, Foucault and the Genealogical Approach to the History of Philosophy

ICS Course Code: ICS 120406/220406 F12

Instructor: Dr. Robert Sweetman

Term and Year: Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:30 pm, Fall 2012

Last Updated: June 21, 2012


1. Course Description

2. Reading Schedule

3. Course Requirements

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

5. Required Readings

6. Some Recommended Readings

1. Course Description

This seminar examines that philosophical approach to the history of philosophy that travels under the name of genealogy. It does so in terms of selected texts of the tradition’s two major figures: its founder Friederich Nietzsche and the presently ubiquitous Michel Foucault. It tests the thesis that contemporary genealogy is the latest manifestation of the protreptic tradition in the history of philosophy, i.e., a deliberative rhetoric designed to exhort recipients to turn (convertere) from harm to health, from falsehood to truth, from foolishness to philosophy.

2. Reading Schedule

Introduction of the Seminar: Its Conceptual Objectives and Pedagogical Means

Week 1: Genealogy as Tradition within the History of Philosophy: The

Hypothesis of this Seminar--Lecture (no required reading)

Nietzsche and Genealogy:

Week 2: Genealogy of Morals--Introduction and First Essay [ICS LibraryReserve Shelf: B3313 .Z7 E653 2007; also located in: Basic Writings of Nietzsche ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B3312 .E5K3 2000; VUPT: B3312 .E5 G6 1990]

Week 3: Genealogy of Morals--Second Essay

Week 4: Genealogy of Morals--Third Essay

Foucault and Genealogy:

Week 5: Truth and Power; Nietzsche, Genealogy, History (Foucault Reader) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2430 .F724 F68]

Week 6: On the Genealogy of Ethics; Politics and Ethics; Polemics, Politics and Problemization (Foucault Reader) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2430 .F724 F68]

Week 7: We ‘Other Victorians;’ The Repressive Hypothesis (Foucault Reader) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2430 .F724 F68]

The Protreptic Tradition in Philosophy

Hellenic Philosophy

Week 8: Plato--Euthydemus  [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B358 .C3 1997 (Plato. Complete works. 1997)]

Week 9: Aristotle--Protrepticus [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PA3893 .Z5 P72]

Greco-Roman Philosophy

Week 10: Epictetus--Discourses [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: see file]

Patristic Theology

Week 11: Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus

Week 12: Augustine--selection from De vera religione [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT1116 .A88 D6 1959, pp. 220-283]

Conclusion: Protreptic Argument and the Genealogical Projects of Nietzsche and Foucault

Week 13: Connecting Genealogy to its Tradition: Exploring Some Implications

--Lecture (no required reading)

*UofT Library Locations: ROBA (Robarts Library); SMC (St. Michael's College Library);VUPT (Victoria University, E.J. Pratt Library)

3. Course Requirements

4. Description and Weighting of Elements to be Evaluated

Evaluation for Grades will be as follows:

Weekly analyses = 25%


Course Essay = 60%

5. Required Readings

*Note: Items located on the ICS Library Reserve Shelf from this list may be borrowed overnight.

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals (any edition will do) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B3313 .Z7 E653 2007 and ICS Library Reserve Shelf: located in Basic writings of Nietzsche (2000) B3312 .E5 K3 2000]

Paul Rabinow ed., The Foucault Reader (New York, Pantheon, 1984) [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B2430 .F724 F68]

Plato, Euthydemus [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: B358 .C3 1997 (Plato. Complete works. 1997)]

Aristotle, Protrepticus [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: PA3893 .Z5 P72]

Epictetus, Discourses [ICS Library Reserve Shelf - see file]

Clement of Alexandria, Protrepticus [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BR60 .A 1950 v.2 (The Ante-Nicene Fathers. 1950-1951)]

Augustine, De vera religiosa [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BT1116 .A88 D6 1959, p. 220-283]

6. Some Recommended Readings

*Note: Items located on the ICS Library Reserve Shelf from this list may be borrowed for 5 days.

Starter Bibliography (on Genealogy; subsequent starter bibliography for philosophical protreptic to follow)

Acampora, Christa Davis. Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morals: Critical Essays.

Rowan and Littlefield, 2006. [ICS Library: B3313 .Z73 N55 2006 ; ROBA: B3318 .A54 N54 2004X]

Acampora, Christa Davis. "On Sovereignty and Overhumanity: Why it Matters How We Read Nietzsche's Genealogy II: 2." International Studies in Philosophy 36 (2004): 127-145. [ROBA: B1 .A262]

Ansell-Pearson, Keith. Nietzsche Contra Rousseau: A Study of Nietzsche’s Moral and Political Thought. Cambridge University Press, 1991. [ROBA: ]JC233 .N52 A58 1991

Ashenden, Samantha and David Owen. Foucault Contra Habermas: Recasting the Dialogue Between Genealogy and Critical Theory. Sage Publications, 1999. [ROBA: JA76 .F68 1999]

Bennet, Jane. “Kafka, Genealogy and the Spiritualization of Politics.” The Journal of Politics 56 (1994): 650-670. [ROBA: JA1 .J6]

Bergoffen, Debra. “Why a Genealogy of Morals.” Man and World 16 (1983): 129-138. [ROBA: B1 .A216 and e-journal]

Bevir, Mark. “Foucault, Power and Institutions.” Political Studies 47 (1999): 345-359. [UTL e-journal]

Blondel, Eric. Nietzsche, the Body and Culture: Philosophy as a Philological Genealogy. Stanford University Press, 1991. [SMC: B3317 .B64213 1981]

Bove, Paul A. "Mendacious Innocents, or, The Modern Genealogist as Conscientious Intellectual: Nietzsche, Foucault, Said." Boundary 2 9 (1981): 359-388. [ROBA: PN2 .B68 and e-journal]

Butler, Judith. “Foucault and the Paradox of Bodily Inscriptions.” The Journal of Philosophy 86 (1989): 601-607. [ROBA: B1 .J6 and e-journal]

Caputo, John D. Foucault and the Critique of Institutions. Penn State University Press, 2006. [ROBA: B2430 .F724 F684 1993]

Chambers, Samuel A. “Foucault’s Evasive Maneuvers: Nietzsche, Interpretation, Critique.” Angelaki 6 (2001): 101-123. [UTL e-journal]

Cohen, Andrew Jason. “In Defense of Nietzschean Genealogy.” The Philosophical Forum 30 (1999): 269-288. [ROBA: B1 .P48 and e-journal]

Colwell, C. “Deleuze and Foucault: Series, Event, Genealogy.” Theory and Event 1 (1997): ?-? [UTL e-journal]

Cox, Christopher. Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation. University of California Press, 1999. [ROBA: B3318 .K7 C68 1999X and e-book]

Danto, A. C. “Some Remarks on ‘The Genealogy of Morals.’” International Studies in Philosophy 18 (1986): 3-15. [ROBA: B1 .A262]

Dean, Michael. Critical and Effective Histories: Foucault’s Methods and Historical Sociology Routledge, 1994. [ROBA: HM104 .D43 1994 and e-book]

Deleuze, Gilles. Nietzsche and Philosophy SUNY Press, 1983. [ICS Reserve Shelf: B3317 .D413 1986; ROBA: B3317 .D413 1983]

Deleuze, Gilles. Foucault University of Minnesota Press, 1988. [ROBA: B2430 .F724 D4513 1988]

De Man, Paul. Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke and Proust. Yale University Press, 1982. [ROBA: PQ145 .D45]

Evans, Fred. “Genealogy and the Problem of Affirmation in Nietzsche, Foucault and Bakhtin.” Philosophy and Social Criticism 27 (2001): 41-65. [ROBA: AZ361 .C82 and e-journal]

Ferguson, Kathy E. “Interpretation and Genealogy in Feminism.” Signs 16 (1991): 322-339. [ROBA: HQ1101 .S5 and e-journal]

Flynn, Thomas R. Sartre, Foucault and Historical Reason University of Chicago Press, 2005. [ROBA: D16.8 .F628 1997X v.1-2 and e-book (v.2)]

Frasier, Nancy. “Foucault on Modern Power: Empirical Insights and Normative Confusions.” Praxis International (1981): 272-287. [ROBA: HX3 .P83 and e-journal]

Gemes, Ken. “Postmodernism’s Use and Abuse of Nietzsche.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 62 (2001): 337-360. [ROBA: B1 .P57 and e-journal]

Geuss, Raymond. Morality, Culture and History: Essays on German Philosophy Cambridge University Press, 1999. [ROBA: B3181 .G48 1999]

Graff, Gerald. “Humanism and the Hermeneutics of Power: Reflections on the Post- Structuralist Two-Step and Other Dances.” Boundary 2  12 (1984): 495-505. [ROBA: PN2 .B68 and e-journal]

Gutting, G. The Cambridge Companion to Foucault 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2005.[ICS Library: B2430 .F724 C36 2005; ROBA: B2430 .F724 C36 1994]

Hook, Derek. “Genealogy, Discourse, ‘Effective History’: Foucault and the Work of Critique.” Qualitative Research in Psychology 2 (2005): 3-31. [UTL e-journal]

Janaway, Christopher. “Nietzsche’s Illustration of the Art of Exegesis.” European Journal of Philosophy 5 (1997): 251-268. [UTL e-journal]

Janaway, Christopher. Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche’s Genealogy Oxford University Press, 2007 [ICS Library: B3317 .J36 2007; ROBA: In Processing Dept.]

Kenall, Gavin and Gary Wickham. Using Foucault’s Methods. Sage Publications, 1999. [ROBA: B2430 .F724 K45 1999 - Course Reserves]

Koelb, Clayton. Nietzsche as Postmodernist: Essays Pro and Con. SUNY Press, 1990. [ROBA: B3317 .N4892 1990]

Lash, Scott. “Genealogy and the Body: Foucault/Deleuze/Nietzsche.” Theory, Culture and Society  2 (1984): 1-17. [UTL e-journal]

Leiter, Brian. Nietzsche on Morality Routledge, 2002. [ROBA: B3318 .E9 L45 2002 and e-book]

Leiter, Brian. “Nietzsche and the Morality Critics.” Ethics 107 (1997): 250-285. [ROBA: BJ1 .E8]

Levy, Neil. “History as Struggle: Foucault’s Genealogy of Genealogy.” History of the Human Sciences 11 (1998): 159-170. [ROBA: H1 .H527 and e-journal]

Loeb, Paul S. “Finding the Ubermensch in Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals.” The Journal of Nietzsche Studies 30 (2005): 70-101. [UTL e-journal]

Lyon, David. Postmodernity (Second Edition) University of Minnesota Press, 1999. [ICS Library (1994 ed.) HM73 .L96; ROBA: HM73 .L96 1999]

Mahon, Michael. Foucault’s Neitzschean Genealogy: Truth, Power and the Subject. SUNY Press, 1992. [ROBA: B2430 .F724 M334 1992]

Megill, Allan. “Foucault, Structuralism and the Ends of History.” The Journal of Modern History 51 (1979): 451-503. [ROBA: D1 .J6 and e-journal]

Migotti, Mark. “Slave Morality, Socrates and the Bushmen: A Reading of the First Essay of On the Genealogy of Morals.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 58 (1998): 745-779. [ROBA: B1 .P57 and e-journal]

Milchman, Alan and Alan Rosenberg. “The Aesthetic and Ascetic Dimensions of an Ethics of Self-Fashioning: Nietzsche and Foucault.” Parrhesia 2 (2007): 44-65.

Noiriël, Gérard. “Foucault and History: The Lessons of a Disillusion.” The Journal of Modern History 66 (1994): 547-568. [ROBA: D1 .J6 and e-journal]

Oliver, Kelly. Womanizing Nietzsche: Philosophy’s Relation to the ‘Feminine.’ Routledge, 1995 [ICS Library: B2430 .D484 O55 1995X; ROBA: B2430 .D484 O55 1995X]

Oliver, Kelly. “A Dagger Through the Heart: The Ethic of Reading Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals.” International Studies in Philosophy 25 (1993): 13-28. [ROBA: B1 .A262]

Owen, David. “Genealogy as Exemplary Critique: Reflections on Foucault and the Imagination of the Political.” Economy and Society 25 (1995): 489-506. [ROBA: HB1 .A2 E2 and e-journal]

Owen, David. “Nietzsche, Re-evaluation and the Turn to Genealogy.” European Journal of Philosophy 11 (2003): 249-272. [UTL e-journal]

Owen, David. Maturity and Modernity: Nietzsche, Wever, Foucault, and the Ambivalence of Reason Routledge, 1994. [ROBA: B819.5 .O94 1994]

Owen, David. “Criticism and Captivity: On Genealogy and Critical Theory.” European Journal of Philosophy 10 (2002): 216-230. [UTL e-journal]

Pecora, Vincent. “Nietzsche, Genealogy, Critical Theory.” New German Critique 53 (1991): 104-130. [ROBA: DD1 .N4 and UTL e-journal]

Peters, Michael A. “Truth-telling as an Educational Practice of the Self: Foucault, Parrhesia and the Ethics of Subjectivity.” Oxford Review of Education 29 (2003): 207-224. [OISE: PER and UTL e-journal]

Pignatelli, Frank. “Rationality, Power, Disruption: Framing Foucault’s Genealogical Identity.” Studies in Philosophy and Education 14 (1995): 383-399. [UTL e-journal]

Pizer, J. “The Use and Abuse of ‘Ursprung:’ On Foucault’s Reading of Neitzsche.” Nietzsche Studien 19 (1990): 462-478. [ROBA: B3310 .N5]

Plotnitsky, Arkady. “Zarathustra’s Shudders: Hebraism, Hellenism and Practical Philosophy in Nietzsche.” Poetics Today 19 (1998): 199-219. [ROBA: PN2 .P75]

Prado, C. G. Starting With Foucault: An Introduction to Genealogy Westview Press, 2000. [ROBA: B2430 .F724 P73 2000X]

Quinby, Lee. Genealogy and Literature. University of Minnesota Press, 1995. [ROBA: PN56 .S564 G46 1995X]

Reginster, Bernard. “Nietzsche on Ressentiment and Valuation.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 57 (1997): 281-305. [ROBA: B1 .P57 and e-journal]

Rickels, Laurence A. Looking After Nietzsche. SUNY Press, 1990. [ROBA: B3317 .L67 1990]

Risse, Mathias. “The Second Treatise in On the Genealogy of Morals: Nietzsche on the Origin of Bad Conscience.” European Journal of Philosophy 9 (2001): 55-81. [UTL e-journal]

Saar, Martin. “Genealogy and Subjectivity.” European Journal of Philosophy 10 (2002): 231-245. [UTL e-journal]

Schacht, Richard. Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality: Essays on Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals. University of California Press, 1994. [ROBA: B3313 .Z73 N54 1994]

Schacht, Richard. Making Sense of Nietzsche: Reflections Timely and Untimely. University of Illinois Press, 1995. [ROBA: B3317 .S359 1995X]

Schrift, Alan D. Nietzsche and the Question of Interpretation: Between Hermeneutics and Deconstruction. Routledge, 1990. [ROBA: B3318 .H44 S37 1990]

Schutte, Ofelia. Beyond Nihilism: Nietzsche Without Masks University of Chicago Press, 1984. [ROBA: B3317 .S3985 1984]

Sheridan, Alan. Michel Foucault: The Will to Truth. Routledge, 1990. [ROBA: B2430 .F72 S54 1990 and e-book]

Sherrat, Yvonne. Continental Philosophy of Social Science: Hermeneutics, Genealogy and Critical Theory from Greece to the Twenty-first Century Cambridge University Press, 2006. [ICS Library Reserve Shelf: BD241 .S497 2006]

Shiner, Larry. “Reading Foucault: Anti-Method and the Genealogy of Power-Knowledge.” History and Theory 21 (1982): 382-398. [ROBA: D16.7 .H4 and e-journal]

Smith, Alan D. Nietzsche’s French Legacy: A Genealogy of Post-Structuralism Routledge, 1995. [ROBA: B2421 .S36 1995X]

Stevens, Jacqueline. “On the Morals of Genealogy.” Political Theory 31 (2003): 558-588. [ICS Library: PER]

Strozier, Robert M. Foucault, Subjectivity and Identity: Historical Construction of Subject and Self. Wayne State University, 2002. [SMC: B2430 .F724 S875 2002]

Tamboukou, Maria. “Writing Genealogies: An Exploration of Foucault’s Strategies for Doing Research.” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 20 (1999): 201-217. [OISE: PER]

Villa, Dana R. “Beyond Good and Evil: Arendt, Nietzsche and the Aestheticization of Political Action.” Political Theory 20 (1992): 274-308. [ICS Library: PER]

Viskers, Rudi. “Can Genealogy Be Critical? A Somewhat Unromantic Look at Nietzsche and Foucault.” Man and World 23 (1999): 441-452. [ROBA: B1 .A216]

Viskers, Rudi. Michel Foucault: Genealogy as Critique. Verso, 1995. [ROBA: B2430 .F724 V5713 1995X]

Wandel, T. “The Power of Discourse: Michel Foucault and Critical Theory.” Cultural Values 5 (2001): 368-382. [e-journal UTL]

White, Richard. The Return of the Master: An Interpretation of Nietzsche’s “Genealogy of Morals.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 48 (1988): 683-696. [ROBA: B1 .P57]

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