Well, not so much a readalong, because I seriously doubt I can get a single person to read it with me, but an announcement of a public read. I am going to re-read Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (1886), staring next week, and post on it. I’m hoping to post on Fridays, with one section a week, for nine weeks. It’s about 30 pages a week.
Why am I doing this? Well, I teach an ethics and fiction course every fall. I usually teach Birth of Tragedy (1872), and I have never been happy with how it works in the course, although students seem to like it well enough. I teach Genealogy of Morality (1887) in the spring in an ethical theory course, and many students take both courses. I think the BGE/GoM combo would work well for those students, and I’ve never liked BoT because it’s not really representative of mature Nietzsche’s theory, and for a few other reasons. I haven’t read BGE in its entirely in a really long time, maybe fifteen years, so it’s time I had another look and if I end up using it, I’ll be ahead of the game on teaching it.
I’m using the Kaufmann paperback version, pictured above, which is the one I would assign. A 99 cent Kindle version and the Gutenberg versions seem to be translated by Helen Zimmern, which is not preferred by most Nietzsche scholars. There is also a Cambridge translation (Judith Norman) which seems to get a pass.
I’ll be sure to make references to fiction each week, preferably something from the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
See you June 8!