Category Archives: Announcements

Abstracts of articles/chapters posted

I’ve posted all the abstracts of articles  or chapters on Foucault and Nietzsche that I’ve received so far on this site. See the drop-down menu under “critical abstracts.” They are arranged according to whether they’re (mostly) about Nietzsche or Foucault. There is one about both, so it’s posted in both places!

Also, there are a couple of new non-traditional artifacts posted this past week–see the top menu under “non-traditional artifacts–completed.”

Readings for Feb 11, 13; essay now due Friday Feb. 14

Here is the text of an email sent on Sunday, Feb. 9 to all students, to whatever email address you have registered with UBC. See below for important announcements!


I’m so sorry I had to miss class on Thursday–I literally could not think straight, and would have been useless in class. I’m glad Jun was able to do his presentation anyway, and thanks to Lee for picking up my recorder and bringing it to class so I could hear the presentation and discussion!

Here are several important announcements:

1. I’ll post my notes on the Reginster article and on Jun’s presentation, as well as the notes people sent me from their group discussions, as soon as they’re ready (later today or tonight). They’ll be on the course website, under “weekly schedule,” for last Thursday.

2. Since I missed class on Thursday that puts us even further behind (we were already about half a class behind). Accordingly, I am giving you another day to finish the Nietzsche essays, if you choose to do one. Instead of those being due by class time on Thursday, Feb. 13, they are now due by FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 5PM. You can turn them in on the Connect site (go to “assignments” and find the link to submit them) or on paper, to my office at BUCH E375. I’ll be there between 3 and 5 that day.

3. Also, I’d like to make the Foucault text “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History” optional for next week, but I have to check with the person doing a presentation on Thursday (Dustin) to make sure he wasn’t planning to do a presentation on that). My thought is that we don’t have any extra readings for this Tuesday, but finish everything up from Nietzsche on Tuesday. Then on Thursday we would read the Koopman article and the Foucault interview called “What our present is.” But stay tuned: if Dustin is planning to do his presentation on “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History,” then I’ll have to change this plan!

4. Also, for the Koopman article: only pp. 87-109 are required; the rest is optional (you can stop before the section on Foucault and Kant).

5. Someone asked via email if it’s possible to do both the Nietzsche essay and the non-traditional artifact. I decided that yes, if you’d like to do that, you can, and each would count for 10% of the mark rather than doing just one for 20%. If you choose this option, please let me know and your Nietzsche essay can be shorter (4-5 pages), because it’s worth less. But in that case you’d probably need to do a more restricted topic for Nietzsche than the topics suggested on the assignment sheet, since I’m not sure those can be done well in a shorter essay. You might choose a specific topic from one of the three Treatises instead, in that case.

Any questions, do let me know! Otherwise, see you Tuesday. And stay tuned for what to read for Thursday, in case my plan in #3 above has to be altered! I still think we should just use Tuesday for catching up on Nietzsche. There is no presentation on Tuesday, b/c the person who was going to present is no longer in the class.

Some outlines of Nietzsche’s GM

In case anyone may find these of use, here are a couple of outlines of On the Genealogy of Morality that are pretty good. It can sometimes be useful to have something like this to be able to go back and find things, if you’ve forgotten where they are. And some of the outlines have some interesting interpretations in them too.

John Protevi has what he calls “Notes” on the three treatises of GM, but they also serve as outlines because he orders and numbers them according to the different sections of each treatise. See here:

Here is an outline of Treatises I and II, but not III, from Craig DeLancey from SUNY Oswego:

Course website in progress

Welcome to the course website for PHIL 449! I always forget how long it takes to create these things, so it’s not fully done yet.

The syllabus will be given out in class on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and posted here after class that day. I’m still tweaking it!

Weekly Schedule

Here is where you can find specifics on what to read for each day, updated as we go along, as well as links to the readings that are posted on the Connect site. Right now I only have through January posted there, in part because I just haven’t finished and in part because things may change as we go along. The reading schedule on the syllabus may or may not remain the same, depending on how we get along, so look on the course website for the most up-to-date information.

Blog posts

Here is where the blog posts that you and I do for the course will show up.

Other course sites

We also have a class wiki, which so far just has the bibliography for the course on it, but may have more later, and a site on the Connect system (which has the copyrighted course readings, among other things).


Right now there is just a page on help with setting up blogs or doing blog posts on this site, with a space for a screencast that I will do in the next few days.

Soon there will also be resources on doing digital artifacts (for the non-traditional assignment, if you choose to do that), as well as possibly other things I can’t think of at the moment.