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We Philologists

We Philologists

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Project Gutenberg's We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18), by Friedrich NietzscheThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.orgTitle: We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)Author: Friedrich NietzscheEditor: Oscar LevyTranslator: J. M. KennedyRelease Date: April 27, 2006 [EBook #18267]Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ISO-8859-1*** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK WE PHILOLOGISTS, VOLUME 8 (OF 18) ***Produced by Thierry Alberto, Martin Pettit and the OnlineDistributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.netTHE COMPLETE WORKS OF FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE _First Complete and Authorised English translation in Eighteen Volumes_ EDITED BYDR OSCAR LEVY[Illustration: Nietzsche.]VOLUME EIGHT* * * * *THIRD EDITIONWE PHILOLOGISTSTRANSLATED BYJ. M. KENNEDY* * * * *
T. N. FOULIS13 & 15 FREDERICK STREETEDINBURGH · AND LONDON1911CONTENTSTRANSLATOR'S PREFACE TO "WE PHILOLOGISTS" 105WE PHILOLOGISTS 109WE PHILOLOGISTSAUTUMN 1874(PUBLISHED POSTHUMOUSLY)TRANSLATED BY J. M. KENNEDYAUTHOR OF "THE QUINTESSENCE OF NIETZSCHE," "RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIESOF THE EAST," &C.The mussel is crooked inside and rough outside · it is only when wehear its deep note after blowing into it that we can begin toesteem it at its true value.--(Ind. Spruche, ed Bothlingk, 1 335)An ugly-looking-wind instrument · but we must first blow into it.TRANSLATOR'S INTRODUCTIONThe subject of education was one to which Nietzsche, especially duringhis residence in Basel, paid considerable attention, and his insightinto it was very much deeper than that of, say, Herbert Spencer or evenJohann Friedrich Herbart, the latter of whom has in late years exercisedconsiderable influence in scholastic circles. Nietzsche clearly saw thatthe "philologists" (using the word chiefly in reference to the teachersof the classics in German colleges and universities) were absolutelyunfitted for their high task, since they were one and all incapable ofentering into the spirit of antiquity. Although at the first reading,therefore, this book may seem to be rather fragmentary, there are twomain lines of thought running through it: an incisive criticism ofGerman professors, and a number of constructive ideas as to whatclassical culture really should be.These scattered aphorisms, indeed, are significant as showing how far
Nietzsche had travelled along the road over which humanity had beentravelling from remote ages, and how greatly he was imbued with thepagan spirit which he recognised in Goethe and valued in Burckhardt.Even at this early period of his life Nietzsche was convinced thatChristianity was the real danger to culture; and not merely modernChristianity, but also the Alexandrian culture, the last gasp of Greekantiquity, which had helped to bring Christianity about. When, in thelater aphorisms of "We Philologists," Nietzsche appears to be throwingover the Greeks, it should be remembered that he does not refer to theGreeks of the era of Homer or Æschylus, or even of Aristotle, but to themuch later Greeks of the era of Longinus.Classical antiquity, however, was conveyed to the public throughuniversity professors and their intellectual offspring, and theseprofessors, influenced (quite unconsciously, of course) by religious and"liberal" principles, presented to their scholars a kind of emasculatedantiquity. It was only on these conditions that the State allowed thepagan teaching to be propagated in the schools; and if, where classicalscholars were concerned, it was more tolerant than the Church had been,it must be borne in mind that the Church had already done all the roughwork of emasculating its enemies, and had handed down to the State abody of very innocuous and harmless investigators. A totally erroneousconception of what constituted classical culture was thus brought about.Where any distinction was actually made, for example, later Greekthought was enormously over-rated, and early Greek thought equallyundervalued. Aphorism 44, together with the first half-dozen or so inthe book, may be taken as typical specimens of Nietzsche's protestagainst this state of things.It must be added, unfortunately, that Nietzsche's observations in thisbook apply as much to England as to Germany. Classical teachers here maynot be rated so high as they are in Germany, but their influence wouldappear to be equally powerful, and their theories of education and ofclassical antiquity equally chaotic. In England as in Germany they are"theologians in disguise." The danger of modern "values" to true culturemay be readily gathered from a perusal of aphorisms that follow: and, ifthese aphorisms enable even one scholar in a hundred to enter morethoroughly into the spirit of a great past they will not have beenpenned in vain.J. M. KENNEDY.LONDON, _July 1911_.ITo what a great extent men are ruled by pure hazard, and how littlereason itself enters into the question, is sufficiently shown byobserving how few people have any real capacity for their professionsand callings, and how many square pegs there are in round holes: happyand well chosen instances are quite exceptional, like happy marriages,and even these latter are not brought about by reason. A man chooses hiscalling before he is fitted to exercise his faculty of choice. He doesnot know the number of different callings and professions that exist; hedoes not know himself; and then he wastes his years of activity in thiscalling, applies all his mind to it, and becomes experienced andpractical. When, afterwards, his understanding has become fully

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