Nietzsche Today

Some philosophical scholars believe the our education system should make the teaching of philosophy more of a priority, so that people can understand the basics of philosophy and better understand and critically evaluate the teachings of the world's most influential philosophers. We mined some philosophy experts on the matter and examined what potential impact a lack of philosophy has on how we contextualize philosophical ideas today.


Nietzsche - Did Loughner get it?

We starte off this item with a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Rope.

The movie is based on the lives of two young men from Chicago named Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb. In 1924, they kidnapped and killed a young boy. And they used their understanding of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to explain why they did it. Earlier this month, Jared Loughner is alleged to have gone on a shooting rampage in Arizona. Six people were killed and 13 were wounded, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Loughner is expected back in court today, to enter a plea. Since the shooting, one of Loughner's friends has said that he was a devotee of Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche himself predicted that he would acquire misguided disciples. And that has happened with disturbing frequency over the years. To help us understand why, we're joined by Horst Hutter. He teaches political philosophy at Concordia University. He was in Tours, France for the show.

Nietzsche - Simon Blackburn

There are people who have devoted their lives to understanding Nietzsche who say that his work can be interpreted to suit a lot of very different agendas. Robert Holub is the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts and a leading expert on Nietzsche.

Of course, Nietzsche isn't the only philosopher to be misinterpreted, misrepresented or misappropriated. In fact, Simon Blackburn says that for philosophers, that's something of an occupational hazard. Simon Blackburn is the Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University. He's also the author of several books, including, Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy and Practical Tortoise Raising and Other Philosophical Essays. He was in Cambridge, England.

Documentary - Promo

Coming up tomorrow on The Current we have a documentary called Music From The Sanctuary. It's about a man named Mikhail Lenikov. He was a captain with the KGB - the former Soviet Union's notorious secret police. For the last year-and-a-half, he has been living in the First Lutheran Church in Vancouver. He was ordered deported back to Russia in June of 2009. And he says that in the time he has spent in the church's sanctuary, he has discovered a kind of freedom he has never found anywhere else.


We left you with one more of the congratulatory messages that have been turning up on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's answering machine (or at least in the imaginations of our friends at the CBC's Content Factory in Winnipeg).

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