Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Why has Friedrich Nietzsche had such a widespread influence on writers and literary critics?

What were Nietzsche’s theories about truth and rhetoric?

What were Nietzsche’s beliefs and values in the realm of ethics?

Should an “Overman,” as Nietzsche described him, be admired or condemned?

Was Nietzsche justified in his contempt for democracy and ordinary people?

Did Nietzsche have a valid understanding of the morality and values of Christianity?

Did Nietzsche’s insanity have any influence on the content of his ideas?

In what ways did Nietzsche anticipate the ideas of contemporary existentialism and postmodernism?