Philosophy - Nietzsche

Have you built your home on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius? Why not? Friedrich Nietzsche challenges viewers to live a fulfilled and dangerous life, to use the humanities as a guide to life, and to own up to one's envy, as explained in a short and engaging philosophy video.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have members of a philosophy class watch the video at home for a flipped classroom activity, coming to discuss the four main points of the video once they return to school
  • Encourage learners to choose one tenet of Nietzsche's philosophy to form an argument for or against in either a formal debate or persuasive essay
Classroom Considerations
  • Reflects how Nietzsche likens Christianity to sklavenmoral, or slave morality, as well as an addiction to alcohol, not to mention his famous declaration regarding the death of God
  • Comment section is open to the public and full of language that is likely not appropriate for class viewing
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Video opens with a pronunciation guide to Nietzsche's name
  • Teenagers with a hint of rebelliousness or disaffectedness will connect to Nietzsche's philosophy
Cons
  • None