Nietzsche 13/13, Columbia University Seminar

Bernard E. Harcourt and Jesús R. Velasco Welcome Suspicious Minds to “Nietzsche 13/13”

Great news for critical (legal) thinkers and suspicious minds: following the successful, spectacular year-long “Foucault 13/13” seminar at Columbia University, Bernard Harcourt and Jesús R. Velasco have recently announced their new graduate student seminar – “Nietzsche 13/13.” The seminar will explore thirteen contemporary critical thinkers from the 20th century who engaged Nietzsche’s thought to challenge our critical thinking across a number of disciplines in social thought, law, and the humanities.


Similar to the Foucault 13/13 format, each seminar will be lead by two invited scholars, one from outside and the other from within Columbia University, as well as a commentator. The seminar will focus on the following 13 thinkers:

  1. Martin Heidegger (Sept. 8, 2016)
  2. Georges Bataille (Sept. 22, 2016)
  3. Maurice Blanchot (Oct. 13, 2016)
  4. Aimé Césaire (Oct. 27, 2016)
  5. Hannah Arendt (Nov. 10, 2016)
  6. Gilles Deleuze (Dec. 8, 2016)
  7. Sarah Kofman (Jan. 5, 2017)
  8. Frantz Fanon (Jan. 19, 2017)
  9. Michel Foucault (Feb. 9, 2017)
  10. Luce Irigaray (March 2, 2017)
  11. Jacques Derrida (March 23, 2017)
  12. Hélène Cixous (April 13, 2017)
  13. Ali Shariati (April 27, 2017)

Graduate student seminar at Columbia University

In addition, a graduate student seminar will be structured to frame the series of 13 formal seminars (Nietzsche 13/13). It thus will serve as the vehicle to enrich the formal seminars and support the intellectual apparatus that will accompany the formal seminars. It will also prepare entries for the blog of the formal seminars, host the scholars invited to participate in the formal seminars, and prepare questions and comments for the formal seminars. It will serve as the structure that will nourish the formal seminar series. This seminar will also function as an advanced graduate research seminar. We will form four or five research clusters that will conduct on-going research in coordination with the formal seminars.

Title: Contemporary Critical Thought: Critique after Nietzsche


Professor Bernard E. Harcourt & Professor Jesús R. Velasco

Thursdays, 6:00 pm to 9 pm (14 Sessions spread over the 2016-2017 academic year)

Admission will require a paragraph statement of interest and instructor consent. The first class will meet on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

For further information and updates visit the CCCCT website.