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The False Principle of Our Education
Humanism and Realism, the Egoist way. A classic essay from Stirner.
Paperback, 28 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Ralph Myles Publisher, Incorporated
(first published September 1st 1997)
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`` La question de l’éducation est une question vitale``. Stirner, par ces paroles, commence son livre où plutôt ; son essai, son grand essai. Ensuite, il nous donne la guerre entre `` Deux partis combattent pour la victoire et veulent chacun recommander à notre besoin leur principe d’éducation comme le meilleur et le vrai : les humanistes et les réalistes.`` Il jette la lumière sur l`Histoire de l`éducation depuis la reforme, et, en plus, l’Aufklärung. Il critique, donc, les deux: humanistes et ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Nick rated it 3 of 5 stars
Stirner criticizes humanists and realists both for treating knowledge as something you possess rather than something which gets integrated into your ego and manifested through your (ego-conquered) will. He thinks that a proper education consists of perpetual self-creation and a process of learning how to be free, how to master one's own will, and how to seamlessly integrate knowledge into action. It seems to imply a teaching method more centered around individual self exploration and questioning ...more
Dec 07, 2010 Apio rated it 4 of 5 stars
This pamphlet is interesting in light of Stirner's brief stint as a teacher at a girls' high school. Although the detail of the debate are specific to the Prussian educational system of the time, one of Stirner's central points remains valid: if one wants to educate people to be free individuals, one needs to encourage their recalcitrance and their tendencies to rebel...
Johann Kaspar Schmidt, better known as Max Stirner (the nom de plume he adopted from a schoolyard nickname he had acquired as a child because of his high brow, in German 'Stirn'), was a German philosopher, who ranks as one of the literary grandfathers of nihilism, existentialism, post-modernism and anarchism, especially of individualist anarchism. Stirner's main work is "The Ego and Its Own", also ...moreMore about Max Stirner...
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“For what reason then do the realists show themselves so unfriendly toward philosophy? Because they misunderstand their own calling and with all their might want to remain restricted instead of becoming unrestricted! Why do they hate abstractions? Because they themselves are abstract since they abstract from the perfection of themselves, from the elevation of redeeming truth!”
“No knowledge, however thorough and extensive, no brilliance and perspicuity, no dialectic sophistication, will preserve us from the commmonness of thought and will. It is truly not the merit of the school if we do not come out selfish.”More quotes…