OVERCOMING RESSENTIMENT: NIETZSCHE'S EDUCATION FOR AN AESTHETIC ARISTOCRACY

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I argue that recent interpretations of Nietzsche's political theory that make him out to be a Machiavellian elitist are misguided. While Nietzsche's philosophy advocates a return to an order of rank among individuals, it does not entail the domination of the few over the many. Rather, it is meant to benefit all individuals, whatever their rank. To this end, I examine several Machiavellian interpretations and demonstrate the inadequacy of their exegetical evidence. I then turn to Nietzsche's educational theory and show the ways it supports and expands his political vision for the flourishing of the few and the many.

Keywords: Nietzsche; Ressentiment; aristocracy; education

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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