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Lecture 17

POL 3102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Master Class, Stata, Stiff Upper Lip


Department
Political Science
Course Code
POL 3102
Professor
Sascha Maicher
Lecture
17

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Nov. 18 History and Power: Part Two
Nietzsche: Genealogy of Morals (1887)
History is all about forces – we should harness those forced and use them to our
advantage
Habit is dangerous
There’s no stasis with our mind – you’re either growing it or shrinking it
Changes over the course of history were necessary
History of us thinking about the individual
Exclusion will need to blindness and stagnation
The right kind of individual needs to focus on the right kind of history
Each of the 3 kinds of history
Monumental – allows us to glorify the past and recognize what was wrong in it
(where it failed)
-we are a culmination of all past crimes
Antiquarian - traditional past
Critic – we must be critical of history; throw off the burden of the past (condemn
it)
5 kinds of dangers of history:
1-
2-
3- It makes us feel disconnected from the world because we realize how little we know (of this
monumental pile of history)
4- It can lead to a jaded relativism
5- People become ironic and cynical
Spearheads our morality
We invent things, but we are unsure of their actual effects
A fact is always stupid
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