Nietzsche

After completing English Honours, I realised that I could not go further in English studies (which at the time I intended to do) unless I knew more about the philosophical underpinnings of language. ‘Literary Criticism’ was still a mystery to me, even after studying it for a year.

So, after discussion with the head of Philosophy Department (as it was then called), we decided a Masters Qualifying course was the best next step. I don’t think this course is offered any more. It comprised of course work and a research thesis. As the course work covered Kant and Nietzsche, Nietzsche was an ideal choice for a thesis topic. So interesting did I find it that instead of going back to English, I continued to study philosophy.

A seminar presentation of your work to fellow students for scrutiny and discussion was an early thesis requirement: Masters Qualifying Long Essay Presentation 1995.

Completing the Long Essay or thesis was an extremely interesting and challenging task, and would not have been possible without the support of supervisors and fellow-students. My appetite was then whetted well and truly for further philosophy study:
Masters Qualifying Thesis 1995: An Assessment of Nietzsche’s Attack on Altruism, Pity and Sympathy.

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