ERIC Number: EJ830788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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A (R)evaluation of Nietzsche's Anti-Democratic Pedagogy: The Overman, Perspectivism, and Self-Overcoming
Jonas, Mark E.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v28 n2 p153-169 Mar 2009
In this paper, I argue that Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of self-overcoming has been largely misinterpreted in the philosophy of education journals. The misinterpretation partially stems from a misconstruction of Nietzsche's perspectivism, and leads to a conception of self-overcoming that is inconsistent with Nietzsche's educational ideals. To show this, I examine some of the prominent features of the so-called "debate" of the 1980s surrounding Nietzsche's conception of self-overcoming. I then offer an alternative conception that is more consistent with Nietzsche's thought, and provides a more nuanced understanding of Nietzsche's "anti-democratic" pedagogy. Ultimately, I argue that while Nietzsche's educational philosophy is not egalitarian, it can be effectively utilized in "democratic" classrooms, assuming his concept of self-overcoming is properly construed.
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