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Week Two Outline Lecture Four: The Human Instinct for War Key Questions 1) Are humans naturally inclined towards war and violence? 2) If so, how can war be avoided? I) The Crisis of Meaning in the West a) Growing doubt about the pillars of Western culture: i) A darker recognition of the human propensities ii) Scrutiny of intellectuals and artists (1) “Why?” vs. “How?” b) Post-war Europe as cultural manifestation of the “divided self” i) Torn between its idealistic aspirations and its destructive instincts ii) In Nietzschean terms, instinct vs. reason, herd mentality vs. individual conscience iii) In Freudian terms, erotic vs. destructive instincts II) Nietzsche: The Revolt of the Irrational Will a) Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) i) From fringes to center-stage of European consciousness b) Challenged the fundamental assumptions of Liberalism i) Openly anti-democratic ii) Rejects the assumption of progress (1) Three propositions c) Attacks the meta-narratives of Western culture
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2011 for the course MMW 6 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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