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Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, February 26 – April 16

5:45 – 7:45 pm

Led by Eugene Newman
This class has been cancelled.

Nietzsche prophetically subtitled his Zarathustra: A Book for All and None. Often misinterpreted by both disciples and critics as the scripture of a Nietzsche cult, it stands as one of western culture’s great challenges to “become oneself.” Exploring the themes of will to power, ubermensch, and eternal recurrence, we shall attempt to unravel the Nietzsche legend. Please read chapters one and two of Walter Kaufmann’s Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist for the first session.

Eugene Newman has led Newberry seminars on existentialism, and other philosophical topics, since 2001.

Materials List

  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: a Book for All and None. Translated with an Introduction by Walter Kaufmann. New York: Penguin, 1995.
  • Walter Kaufmann, Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist. Fourth Edition. New York: Vintage, 1975.


  • Harold Alderman, Nietzsche’s Gift. Athens: Ohio UP, 1977.
  • Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, American Nietzsche. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
  • Yirmayahu Yovel, Dark Riddle: Hegel, Nietzsche, and the Jews. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.
  • Douglas Burnham and Martin Jesinghausen, Ed., Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Indiana University Press, 2010. (Indiana Philosophical Guides)

Readings for the First Session:

  • Before the first meeting, please read Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions, $200.
This class has been cancelled.