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Composed in emulation (and to some degree as a satire) of a Platonic dialogue, this book presents a stimulating, provocative, and...

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In 1869, at age 25, the precociously brilliant Friedrich Nietzsche was appointed to a professorship of classical philology at the University of Basel. He seemed marked for a successful and conventiona... l academic career. Then the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner transformed his sense of purpose. The genius of such thinkers and makers - like the genius of the ancient Greeks - was the only touchstone for true understanding. How then was education to answer to such genius? Something more than sturdy scholarship was called for. A new way of teaching and questioning, a new philosophy...What that new way might be was the question Nietzsche broached in five vivid and popular lectures delivered to the public in Basel in 1872. Following a chance encounter in the country, an old philosopher, his former student, and two very wet-behind-the-ears undergraduates embroil themselves in a discussion of the current state of education, devoted, they concur, on the one hand to the democratization of shallow learning, and on the other to fostering a narrow specialization that serves the interests of industry and the state. Neither of these, the philosopher insists, constitutes true learning, which can only arise out of a determined attention to the genius of language, written and spoken, instead of practical ends, however newsworthy. Composed in emulation (and to some degree as a satire) of a Platonic dialogue, Anti-Education presents a stimulating, provocative, and thoroughly timely reckoning with one of the great problems of the day.
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publication Date: 15/12/2015
  • Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Edition: Main
  • Pages: 136
  • Dimensions (mm): 204x128x10mm
  • Weight: 170g
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  • Format:Paperback
  • Publication Date: 15/12/2015
  • Author:Friedrich Nietzsche

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