Current Nietzsche Colloquium

Nietzsche Colloquium 2018: Truth and Lies

Thursday, September 27 to Sunday, September 30, 2018, all day, Hotel Waldhaus Sils

The dichotomy of truth and lies, which has regained geopolitical significance, lost its innocence with Nietzsche. As we do not possess the truth per se, in a number of ways – not just politically and in the media, but also philosophically and scientifically –  the key question is how do we decide what is the truth and what a lie. Such decisions may be amoral or moral, factual or counterfactual. As “fool”, “bard” and “philosopher of the future”, Nietzsche created a fascinating spectrum for dealing with the irritating grounds for making such decisions.

The Colloquium is intended both for experts and for an interested public in general. The events can be attended separately.

Prices: Colloquium ticket CHF 180 / individual events CHF 20 / concert CHF 30
Advance registration is not necessary.

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Topics of past Nietzsche Colloquiums

The Sils Nietzsche Colloquiums, held since 1978, are intended for both experts and for an interested public in general. They aim to make the results of academic research available to a broader audience and to encourage open, critical reflection and discussion about Nietzsche, his work and its influence. All of the Nietzsche Colloquium events are in German.

Nietzsche Colloquium 2017: Zarathustra and Dionysos

Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, October 1, 2017, Waldhaus Hotel Sils

In his late autobiographical text Ecce homo, Friedrich Nietzsche referred to Thus Spake Zarathustra as his seminal work: “Among my writings my Zarathustra stands by itself”; Thus Spake Zarathustra is “truly my loftiest book”. Nietzsche believed that the book’s fundamental tenets were conceived in Sils Maria, “6000 feet beyond man and time”. Also in Ecce homo Nietzsche gratefully acknowledged the Dithyrambs of Dionysus as a “gift” of the “last three months”. Nietzsche’s renewed preoccupation with his Zarathustra notes while in Sils in the summer of 1888 was the source of his final lyrical work, the Dithyrambs of Dionysus.

In a series of lectures and discussion groups (mostly in German), the 2017 Nietzsche Colloquium will focus on these two works, their relationship to each other and the literary and philosophical questions which arise for today’s readers.

The Colloquium is open to the public and is not aimed solely at experts but also at an interested audience. Each event can be attended separately.

Prices: Colloquium ticket CHF 180 / individual event tickets CHF 20 / concert CHF 30
No reservations necessary.

 

 

Nietzsche Colloquium 2016: “The democratization of Europe is unstoppable” (HAII, §275) – Nietzsche and Politics

Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2, 2016, Waldhaus Hotel Sils

Transcending the often over-simplified assignment of Nietzsche to an anti-democratic tradition, this Colloquium will try to identify various aspects of the radical philosopher’s political thinking. Along with lectures by internationally recognized Nietzsche scholars, small group discussions will again be held. For the first time this year, there will also be a forum of young Nietzsche academics. The Colloquium is open to the public and is not aimed solely at experts but also at an interested audience. Each event can be attended separately.

Prices: Colloquium ticket CHF 180 / individual event tickets CHF 20 / concert CHF 30
No reservations necessary.

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Nietzsche Colloquium 2015: “The Music of Life”

Thursday to Sunday, September 24 to 27, 2015, Waldhaus Hotel Sils

In the fifth book of “The Gay Science”, which only appeared five years after the first four books, Nietzsche expanded his philosophy once again in 40 aphorisms of an all-round mature, serene cheerfulness and in an exuberant, playful epilogue. He now talks about “The Music of Life”, which philosophy from time immemorial has obscured with its idealism. Internationally recognized Nietzsche scholars want to reawaken interest in this idea.

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2014

Friedrich Nietzsche as an Enlightenment thinker?

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2013

„All joy wants eternity“

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2012

Origins and beginnings

Friedrich Nietzsche’s Basel period

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2011

Friedrich Nietzsche as poet

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2010

Friedrich Nietzsche and nature

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2009

„Ecce homo“

Friedrich Nietzsche’s retrospective views

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2008

„Toward New Seas“

Friedrich Nietzsche’s fresh starts

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2007

„Become who you are“

Friedrich Nietzsche’s life and writing styles

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2006

„Beyond Good and Evil“

Friedrich Nietzsche’s critique of morality

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2005

Friedrich Nietzsche as poet

Nietzsche and world literature

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2004

Justifying the world via art

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2003

Friedrich Nietzsche’s second Untimely Meditation:

„On the use and abuse of history for life“

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2002

Friedrich Nietzsche and Psychology

Psychology and Nietzsche

 

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2001

Friedrich Nietzsche’s inspiration on new forms of life

(„We are experiments: that is what we want to be!“ The Dawn, § 453)

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2000

„Thus spoke Zarathustra“

1999

Nietzsche and politics

(„Only after me will there be grand politics on earth.“ Ecce homo IV, Text 1)

1998

Nietzsche caught between Orient and Occident

(„… must learn to think about philosophy and perception in a more oriental way. More oriental overview of Europe.“ posthumous fragment, summer/autumn 1884)

1997

Friedrich Nietzsche and Christianity

(„… the never-finishing with Christianity“, posthumous fragment, autumn 1885-86)

1996

„We premature births of an as yet unproven future“

(Gay Science, 5th Book, § 382)

1994

Friedrich Nietzsche’s

„God is dead“

1993

Friedrich Nietzsche

„The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music“