12.30-2pm | Thursday 20 November 2008
Room J116 (Cañada Blanch Room), Cowdray House, European Institute, LSE
Christopher Janaway, Professor of Philosophy, University of Southampton
Ken Gemes, Reader in Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London
It is 100 years since Nietzsche’s work was first translated into English. To mark this rather off centenary we are holding two special Dialogues on Nietzsche’s arrival in Britain. Since there is obviously more than one such arrival in Britain (and, despite the English tendency to monolingualism, he will have begun to arrive before anything was translated) we want to open the discussion to that variety; both to different kinds of receivers and to the idea of that variety. On the other hand, Nietzsche was clearly hostile to representations of an individual (particularly himself) which reduced him or her to a mere place-holder or spokesman for a generally-held view. Our dialogist each has distinctive and interestingly different takes on and routes into and out of Nietzsche, and they are invited to speak for themselves. We hope to cover a variety of themes, including perspectives, the death of God, nihilism, genealogy and the superman.