Friedrich Nietzsche

Reconciling Knowledge and Life

  • Robin Small

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education book sub series (BRIEFSKEY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Robin Small
    Pages 1-19
  3. Robin Small
    Pages 21-39
  4. Robin Small
    Pages 41-60
  5. Robin Small
    Pages 61-79

About this book

Introduction

This book offers a succinct guide to Friedrich Nietzsche’s contributions to educational thought, placing them within the context of his overall philosophy and adding biographical background information that sheds light on his thinking. Topics discussed in detail include theories of knowledge and life, concepts of teaching and learning, and practice and policy issues in modern education. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) was a major Western thinker with much to say about education, both directly and indirectly. A fierce critic of the schools and universities of his time, he affirms the centrality of ‘culture’ and the exceptional individual as the true aim of education. For Nietzsche, the human predicament is characterised by the tension between knowledge and life. The task of education is to reconcile these demands, but that requires a radical rethinking of knowledge and a re-evaluation of morality. Nietzsche’s new conception of truth replaces facts with interpretations, and certainty with bold experiment. His new virtues arise out of the ‘sublimation’ of drives that are condemned by traditional morality. An education of the future promotes these aspects of individual development. Even so, Nietzsche seems to think that, in the end, it is up to each of us to engage in a broader task of self-realisation, for which he has a cryptic formula:

“Become what you are.”

Keywords

Mass Education Public Schools Culture Sublimation Virtues Self-Education Sovereign Individual Epistemology

Authors and affiliations

  • Robin Small
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29519-0
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-29518-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-29519-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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