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PHL 442 Nietzsche, Wagner and the Cult of Genius (3 credits)

An examination of the in/famous new philosophical term "genius" in the 19th century, from its origins to its emergence as a philosophical category. What does it mean for a human being to be recognized as a genius? Or to aspire to be a genius? By the mid-19th century, the controversial musical genius Wagner was highly influenced in his work by the works of Schopenhauer. He in turn influenced Nietzsche who subsequently turned violently anti-Wagner and postulated the term "Uebermensch", for a new kind of philosophical genius for the late 19th century.