Friedrich Nietzsche: The Will to Power and the University

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The university today struggles to find its footing in an audit culture and amidst neoliberal discourses that seem to drain the power of the university, causing fatigue and self-doubt. Where is the will to power within universities today, and do they realise how powerful, and full of power, they still and truly are? Drawing on Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of the will to power [Wille zur Macht] I analyse and discuss what powers universities today possess and have the, often neglected, opportunity to unleash. Nietzsche’s concept of power [Macht] is indeed a complex one, and even though it includes analyses of individual, social and even political behavior and value, it is first and foremost an ontological concept. In Nietzsche the concept of power is closely linked to other core concepts such as the overman [Übermensch] and the dawn [Morgenröte]. Indeed these concepts unfold an ontology of the future and a discussion of the coming of values not yet present and understood. I discuss the particular ontological privilege of the university today as being the herald of thoughts not yet arrived to man, and the bringer of social values not yet comprehended and embraced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophers on the University : Reconsidering Higher Education
EditorsRonald Barnett, Amanda Fulford
PublisherSpringer
Publication yearMar 2018
StateSubmitted - Mar 2018

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