Authority, singularity and creation: the educational (Bildung) issue in About the future of our teaching institutions, by Nietzsche

This paper is an attempt to explicit Nietzsche's concept of formation (Bildung) as it appears in the text of the conferences entitled On the future of our educational institutions at the University of Basel, in 1872. The following issues were focused: the authority coming from teachers and the classics as directive principles of education; the conflicting relation between education and institutional bureaucracy; cultural and technical education; the crucial role of mother tongues in the rise of culture; and the upbringing of a genius. The final part is a statement of today's appropriateness of Nietzsche's reflections.

Education (Bildung); Authority; Singularity; Creation; Nietzsche


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