Nietzsche and his Children: A philosophy reading group, hosted by Mark Montesano, PhD
For weekly readings, please email Mark @ email@example.com
Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most misunderstood and influential thinkers since his death in 1900. His social criticism is often devastating and full of contradictions. His use of symbols and extreme language is mean to provoke and tear down unexamined assumptions and values. Because of this he is often characterized as a ‘nihilist’. Yet also seen by many as one of the most life-affirming philosophers in history of Western thought. How is this possible?
As the name of the group implies, we are dedicated to reading and discussing Nietzsche and many of the people that he has influenced. The main focus of the group sessions is to engage in careful reading of these great writings and ideas and have open conversations, not only with one another, but with the writings themselves. The goal is help us develop our thinking about what it means to be a human being here and now and to experience the excitement these kinds of conversations can bring. You need not have a background in philosophy; only an open mind and willingness to wrestle with some of the great ideas of human history and focus primarily on understanding them and their importance.
We began meeting on December of 2015. It's membership has changed over time, but one version or another has met every Monday afternoon almost every week since it began. The current membership has been fairly stable (from about the same 6-9 people attending each time) since the summer of 2017. We welcome all comers interested in lively conversations about great ideas.