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On the Future of our Educational Institutions   By: (1844-1900)

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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Greek has been transliterated and marked like so. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

THE COMPLETE WORKS

OF

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

The First Complete and Authorised English Translation

EDITED BY

Dr. OSCAR LEVY

[Illustration]

VOLUME THREE

ON THE FUTURE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

ON THE FUTURE OF OUR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

TRANSLATED, WITH INTRODUCTION, BY J.M. KENNEDY

T.N. FOULIS 13 & 15 FREDERICK STREET EDINBURGH: and LONDON 1910

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Printed by MORRISON & GIBB LIMITED, Edinburgh .

PREFACE.

( To be read before the lectures, although it in no way relates to them. )

The reader from whom I expect something must possess three qualities: he must be calm and must read without haste; he must not be ever interposing his own personality and his own special "culture"; and he must not expect as the ultimate results of his study of these pages that he will be presented with a set of new formulæ. I do not propose to furnish formulæ or new plans of study for Gymnasia or other schools; and I am much more inclined to admire the extraordinary power of those who are able to cover the whole distance between the depths of empiricism and the heights of special culture problems, and who again descend to the level of the driest rules and the most neatly expressed formulæ. I shall be content if only I can ascend a tolerably lofty mountain, from the summit of which, after having recovered my breath, I may obtain a general survey of the ground; for I shall never be able, in this book, to satisfy the votaries of tabulated rules. Indeed, I see a time coming when serious men, working together in the service of a completely rejuvenated and purified culture, may again become the directors of a system of everyday instruction, calculated to promote that culture; and they will probably be compelled once more to draw up sets of rules: but how remote this time now seems! And what may not happen meanwhile! It is just possible that between now and then all Gymnasia yea, and perhaps all universities, may be destroyed, or have become so utterly transformed that their very regulations may, in the eyes of future generations, seem to be but the relics of the cave dwellers' age.

This book is intended for calm readers, for men who have not yet been drawn into the mad headlong rush of our hurry skurrying age, and who do not experience any idolatrous delight in throwing themselves beneath its chariot wheels. It is for men, therefore, who are not accustomed to estimate the value of everything according to the amount of time it either saves or wastes. In short, it is for the few. These, we believe, "still have time." Without any qualms of conscience they may improve the most fruitful and vigorous hours of their day in meditating on the future of our education; they may even believe when the evening has come that they have used their day in the most dignified and useful way, namely, in the meditatio generis futuri . No one among them has yet forgotten to think while reading a book; he still understands the secret of reading between the lines, and is indeed so generous in what he himself brings to his study, that he continues to reflect upon what he has read, perhaps long after he has laid the book aside... Continue reading book >>




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