Thoughts Out of Season, Part II

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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It is, of course, not an education in
philosophy at all, but in the art of passing a philosophical
examination: the usual result being the pious ejaculation of the
wearied examinee, "Thank God I am no philosopher, but a Christian and
a good citizen!"

What if this cry were the ultimate object of the state, and the
"education" or leading to philosophy were merely a leading _from_
philosophy? We may well ask.--But if so, there is one thing to
fear--that the youth may some day find out to what end philosophy is
thus mis-handled. "Is the highest thing of all, the production of the
philosophical genius, nothing but a pretext, and the main object
perhaps to hinder his production? And is Reason turned to
Unreason?"--Then woe to the whole machinery of political and
professorial trickery!

Will it soon become notorious? I do not know; but anyhow university
philosophy has fallen into a general state of doubting and despair.
The cause lies partly in the feebleness of those who hold the chairs
at present: and if Schopenhauer had to write his treatise on
university philosophy to-day, he would find the club no longer
necessary, but could conquer with a bulrush. They are the heirs and
successors of those slip-shod thinkers whose crazy heads Schopenhauer
struck at: their childish natures and dwarfish frames remind one of
the Indian proverb: "men are born according to their deeds, deaf,
dumb, misshapen." Those fathers deserved such sons, "according to
their deeds," as the proverb says. Hence the students will, no doubt,
soon get on without the philosophy taught at their university, just
as those who are not university men manage to do without it already.
This can be tested from one's own experience: in my student-days, for
example, I found the university philosophers very ordinary men
indeed, who had collected together a few conclusions from the other
sciences, and in their leisure hours read the newspapers and went to
concerts; they were treated by their academic colleagues with
politely veiled contempt. They had the reputation of knowing very
little, but of never being at a loss for obscure expressions to
conceal their ignorance. They had a preference for those obscure
regions where a man could not walk long with clear vision. One said
of the natural sciences,--"Not one of them can fully explain to me
the origin of matter; then what do I care about them all?"--Another
said of history, "It tells nothing new to the man with ideas": in
fact, they always found reasons for its being more philosophical to
know nothing than to learn anything. If they let themselves be drawn
to learn, a

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