Educational Philosophy and Theory 47 (7):704-714 (2015)

Drawing on Nietzsche’s insights as well as those of his critics, this article explores the dangers and limitations of the antiquarian type of historical investigations. The author begins his analysis by closely examining Nietzsche’s conception of antiquarian history and explaining why he finds this mode of historical investigation so troubling. Next he shows that the problem that Nietzsche associates with the antiquarian type of historicizing can be seen in a contemporary genealogical investigation: Daniel Mendelsohn’s book The Lost. Returning to Nietzsche, he then analyzes the meaning and value of his notion of the ‘power of forgetting’ and argues that it can serve as an antidote to some of the dangers of antiquarian history. In the final part of this article the author examines how the power of forgetting might be educationally valuable.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/00131857.2014.914877
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 63,143
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Thus Spoke Zarathustra.Friedrich Nietzsche - 1961 - New York: Viking Press.
Untimely Meditations.Fridrich Nietzsche - 1874 - Cambridge University Press.
Nietzsche's View of the Value of Historical Studies and Methods.Thomas H. Brobjer - 2004 - Journal of the History of Ideas 65 (2):301-322.

View all 10 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Nietzsche's Discourses of Forgetting.Randall Ray Honold - 1994 - Dissertation, Depaul University
History, Memory, and Forgetting in Nietzsche and Derrida.Michael Marder - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 9 (1):137-157.
Between Remembering and Forgetting.Mordechai Gordon - 2015 - Studies in Philosophy and Education 34 (5):489-503.
Genealogy as a Hermeneutics of Religions.George Bondor - 2007 - Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies 6 (17):116-133.
Nietzsche's Concept of Will-to-Power: A Critical Study.Pujarini Das - 2012 - Dissertation, University of Hyderabad
The Epistemology of Forgetting.Kourken Michaelian - 2011 - Erkenntnis 74 (3):399-424.


Added to PP index

Total views
21 ( #513,597 of 2,448,218 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #451,050 of 2,448,218 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes