Friedrich Nietzsche Various Texts

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Friedrich Nietzsche Various Texts

  1. Describe Nietzsche's cultural vision.
  2. What are the differences between the Apollonian and the Dionysian principles in art, and how does Nietzsche conceive of them contributing to great art?
  3. Explain Nietzsche's concept of the "death of God." What are the implications of this idea?
  4. Why does Nietzsche describe Christianity as "Platonism for the masses"?
  5. Why does Nietzsche claim that philosophy is life-denying?
  6. What is the "will to power," according to Nietzsche?
  7. What does Nietzsche mean to indicate by his concept of the "overman"?
  8. Describe and explain the "Three Metamorphoses."

W.E.B. Du Bois The Souls of Black Folk

  1. What are the "two worlds" within which black people live, accord to Du Bois, and what is the "veil" that separates these worlds?
  2. What is the "Negro Problem," according to Du Bois?
  3. What question is Du Bois attempting to answer with The Souls of Black Folk?
  4. How does Du Bois use the principle of identity and difference to describe his own experience of racism as a child?
  5. What is the "master/slave dialectic," and how does Du Bois employ it to generate optimism about black emancipation?
  6. What does Du Bois mean by the concept of "double-consciousness"?

Jean-Paul Sartre's "Existentialism is a Humanism"

  1. How are existence and essence related, according to Sartre?
  2. Why did Jean-Paul Sartre claim that existentialism was a humanism?
  3. What are the three tenets of Existentialism?
  4. What did Jean-Paul Sartre mean when he argued that human beings are condemned to be free?
  5. What role do anguish and forlornness play in ethical choices, according to Jean-Paul Sartre?

Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex

  1. What is Simone de Beauvoir's purpose in writing The Second Sex, and what question is she attempting to answer?
  2. What are the central claims of de Beauvoir's The Second Sex?
  3. How does de Beauvoir understand the relationship between essence and existence?
  4. What are it's basic claims of de Beauvoir's existentialism?
  5. What does de Beauvoir mean when she describes woman as "Other"?
  6. What is the difference between sex and gender, according to de Beauvoir?
  7. What does de Beauvoir mean when she says that "One is not born, but rather becomes a woman"?

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