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MYTH SALON: Teaching the Superhumanities with Dr. Jeffrey Kripal

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MYTH SALON: Teaching the Superhumanities with Dr. Jeffrey Kripal

The "superhumanities" are the traditional “humanities” seen anew through the altered states of knowledge that first inspired some of the most revered texts in Western literature and philosophy, none more than the late books of the German seer Friedrich Nietzsche. All of these late books, written in the 1880s, flowed out of what he called his “divine inner experiences” and for which he claimed different forms of deification. It was out of these same remarkable states that Nietzsche foresaw the coming “superhumans” or “Superman” (Übermensch) and wrote ecstatically about “eternal recurrence” or the circular nature of time and fate. Such ideas would have a tremendous influence on the twentieth century, including and especially in American science fiction and popular culture. Here, Jeff will argue, is one of Nietzsche’s most remarkable receptions and transformations, with the authors, artists, and film-makers themselves participating in that about which they are re-visioning, criticizing, and guiding: the coming of the superhumans.

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