Friedrich Nietzsche was a fascinating, eccentric, and sometimes controversial philosopher in the Existential and Nihilist tradition. In this lecture, we will look at his literary works and his personal life, as well as the impact of his legacy on the world.

You’ll learn:

– How can Nietzsche help us live more authentically?

– Who was he and how did this inform his philosophy?

– What is his legacy – in philosophy, to individuals, and in media?

Together we will translate philosophical theory into life practice, always with a critical lens.

Reading Recommendations:

  • The Gay Science, Walter Kaufmann (trans.), New York: Vintage, 1974 (1st ed. 1882, 2nd ed. 1887).
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Walter Kaufmann (trans.), New York: Viking, 1954 (1883–5).
  • Beyond Good and Evil, Walter Kaufmann (trans.), New York: Vintage, 1966 (1886).
Sasha Smith - The Weekend University

Sasha van Deurzen-Smith is the course leader of the MA in Existential Coaching at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London.

She has a background in performance, having worked professionally as a presenter and actor. Sasha has coached many creative artists including fashion designers, writers and singers, helping them to find inspiration, confidence and a strong sense of what they wish to share with the world and how.

She is particularly interested in providing a safe space for neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ individuals, and has a special interest in working with these groups. You can find out more about Sasha’s work at:

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