Teaching to Lie and Obey: Nietzsche on Education
Article first published online: 16 DEC 2002
2001 Blackwell Publishers Ltd.
Journal of Philosophy of Education
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 255–268, May 2001
How to Cite
Ramaekers, S. (2001), Teaching to Lie and Obey: Nietzsche on Education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35: 255–268. doi: 10.1111/1467-9752.00224
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2003
- Article first published online: 16 DEC 2002
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To understand Nietzsche's view of education requires us to grasp the importance Nietzsche attaches to being embedded in a particular historical and cultural frame. Education is, at least in the early stages, a matter of teaching the child to see and to value particular things or, in Nietzsche's way of putting this, teaching the child to lie. Here I develop an interpretation contrary to those who emphasise Nietzsche's radical individualism and thus view his Overman in subjectivistic terms. I argue that Nietzsche's most important lesson is not that we are to create anything radically new, but rather that we are to take up a serious engagement with respect to what we stand for.