Western Mysticism: Friedrich Nietzsche | Newberry

Western Mysticism: Friedrich Nietzsche

Led by Robert Sprott. Eight sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Tuesdays, June 25 - August 13 

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $280
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $308

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

In his last book, Ecce Homo, Nietzsche wrote, “I am no man, I am dynamite.” What he intended as an ironic exaggeration has turned out to be an understatement: Nietzsche’s “philosophy of the future”—in which God is dead and human beings, left alone to create their own values, must refashion themselves—has shaped the modern world profoundly. In this seminar, we will explore Nietzsche’s philosophy by reading and discussing three of his most important works: Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Twilight of the Idols, and The Antichrist.

Eight sessions. E – $280, L – $308

Robert Sprott holds MA degrees in anthropology and theology and a PhD in linguistics. A Catholic priest and a Franciscan, he currently works in northern Canada for the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay.

Materials List


  • Friedrich Nietzsche, edited and translated by Walter Kaufmann, The Portable Nietzsche. Penguin Books, 1977. ISBN: 978-0140150629

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read The Gay Science, 125 (pp. 95-96) and the Editor’s Preface to Thus Spoke Zarathustra (pp. 103-111) in The Portable Nietzsche.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.