Monday, August 3, 2015

Should we be surprised that Harvard Law School is offering a course on "Nietzsche for Lawyers"?

I don't think so; I've occasionally taught bits of Nietzsche in seminars, though invariably ones cross-listed with Philosophy. What's really shocking is that the description says:

His biography; his “intent”; the phases of his twenty-year career; the context [historical, philosophical] in which he wrote; his interpretation by others; indeed “the” meaning of his writing … all of that fosters erudite avoidance … and so will be out of bounds.   The seminar is for “amateurs” able to take Nietzsche’s passionate, enigmatic words personally – and, so, able to be provoked by them.

Now that's embarrassing that an academic institution offers a course premised on the idea that utter ignorance is a virtue, since basic scholarly knowledge and competence would allegedly lead to "erudite avoidance."

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