I Am Dynamite!
1 – 2pm
What do we really know about Friedrich Nietzsche, beyond the moustache, the scowl and a vague feeling he’s pretty sinister? Sue Prideaux sets the tone for the afternoon with an introduction to this brilliant, eccentric and much misunderstood man.
There Are No Facts
2.15 – 3.15pm
‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger’. Like Shakespeare, Nietzsche’s facility with words means that his phrases have passed into the fabric of our language. Philosopher Julian Baggini (How the World Thinks) and biographer Sue Prideaux (I Am Dynamite!) unpack some of the most widely recognised Nietzsche aphorisms and explain the philosophy behind them.
Without Music, Life Would Be A Mistake
3.30 – 4.15pm
Not many people know that philosophy was second best for Nietzsche – he really wanted to be a composer. He adored Wagner and his work inspired both Strauss and Mahler. Broadcaster Stephen Johnson (How Shostakovich Changed My Mind) explores Nietzsche’s passion for music, with a live performance.
Nietzsche And Fascism
4.30 – 5.30pm
The rise of Trump and resurgence of the far right who take inspiration from Nietzsche’s philosophy makes the need to engage with his ideas urgent again. Political theorist Hugo Drochon (Nietzsche’s Great Politics) and cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett (The Pike – Gabriele d’Annunzio) interrogate his influence on fascist ideology, his notoriety in political discourse and the question of how responsible he was for those who twisted his philosophy to suit their aims. Chaired by Oliver Balch.