Readings for Thursday the 12th:
Nietzsche, The Gay Science, excerpts
Nietzsche's "aphorisms" can be read in any order, so feel free to explore this selection from Book 3 of The Gay Science. At minimum, read the following aphorisms: 125, 108-112, 115, 123-125. (I recommend reading 125, the famous "Death of God" aphorism, twice, and it's a great way to bookend these provocative declarations.)
Nietzsche is a difficult author, and it's best to read him slowly. Today's readings are short, so give yourself plenty of time to digest Nietzsche's work.
Ballard, "The Drowned Giant"
SF author J. G. Ballard explore the death of a God literally in this short story. As you read, pay attention to the "stages" of decay and transformation that occurs to this washed-up god.
RP1: Shadows of God
Your first Response Paper is due tomorrow (see the syllabus or the update below for details). Base it on the following prompt:
What do you interpret Nietzsche to mean by the "death of God"? In aphorism 108 Nietzsche says that we still have to erase God's "shadows." Based on subsequent aphorisms, what are some examples of shadows of God that still linger today?
Looking forward to your comments below!