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Nietzsche in History

In this part of Circle’s electronic publications, we will explore Nietzsche’s relationship with other philosophers, poets, writers, musicians, and artists, as we engage in a dialogue with researchers who have devoted their lives to the study of that relationship. This exploration will be on those who influenced Nietzsche or those who were influenced by Nietzsche’s works. The purpose of this project is to understand Nietzsche’s works within the context of history of ideas or culture in general and to expose some of the complexities in his relationship to other important historical figures.

Nietzsche & Plato
A Video-Documentary with Dr. Horst Hutter
Prepared by Yunus Tuncel

Editor's Note:

This project started in 2008 with my visit to Dr. Hutter and Ms. Prevost in their home in Montreal. Our dialogues continued in Leigne-sur-Usseau in 2010 and 2011. I thank them for their hospitality in both places; I also thank Jose Daniel Parra for being in some of the dialogues in Montreal. The volume of the project, in some 4 episodes (over one hour long), made editing a long process. We are finally pleased to share these discussions with the interested public. Below you will find first episode (part 1) of Dialogue with Horst Hutter - On Plato & Nietzsche.

Yunus Tuncel

Dialogue with Horst Hutter - On Plato & Nietzsche - Part 1

Dialogue with Horst Hutter - On Plato & Nietzsche - Part 2


Horst Hutter: Elementary and High School in Styria, Austria. State teachers College with graduation in 1957 and then three and one half years as a teacher in Afling, a small village in Styria. Two summers as group leader for young Americans for the Experiment in International Living. Fulbright fellowship to New York. M.A. in Political Science from Hunter College in 1965. Horst Hutter holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University with dissertation on conceptions of political friendship in Ancient Greece and Rome (1972) and is currently Professor of Political Philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal. He has taught at McGill University, Stanford University, Loyola University of New Orleans, University of Alberta, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany. Studies in France during 1986-87. Dr. Hutter has published on friendship in classical antiquity, care of the soul in Plato’s Charmides, philosophy as self-transformation, and Cynicism. He is the author of Shaping the Future: Nietzsche’s New Regime of the Soul and Its Ascetic Practices (2006). He is one of the founding members of the Maison Gai Saber in Leigne-sur-Usseau and spends much time there reflecting and meditating.

José D. Parra: A long-time student of Dr. Horst Hutter, José Daniel Parra has an M.A. in Political Philosophy, and is currently a Researcher and Lecturer in History of Political Ideas, at Universidad Externado de Colombia. He plans to begin his Ph.D. in the fall 2011.

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