60 College Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401
Sarah Davis, Santa Fe Dean, will present her lecture:
A Timely Untimely Education
I hate everything that merely instructs me without augmenting or directly invigorating my activity.” Nietzsche opens "The Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life" with this quote from Goethe. It appropriately frames Nietzsche’s own meditation, which does not just walk us through different ways to relate to the past, giving us a schema for making sense of history, but invigorates and leads to a quickening within us. But how? This lecture investigates Nietzsche's claim that the "excess of history" in modern times compromises the health and vitality of human life. It then considers "The Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life" itself as presenting an alternative way to relate to history. Finally, it asks how, if at all, this alternative informs a St. John's education.
This lecture is free and open to the public.