Nietzsche says “the person of experience and reflection writes history.”



the great Nietzsche 1844-1900




Nietzsche feels so strongly about the need to be leery of history used for nationalistic purposes that do not serve the best interests of people living in the present.

Link to Edmend’s article:


Nietzsche obviously is bothered by the role empirical science and positivism is beginning to play in history.  He seems concerned that scientific historical knowledge is shaping modern culture more than religion and art, which have been condemned to the subjective realm. In doing so, he creates a binary between science and history.  What ramifications does the binary have on social history today?  How is science related to social history?  DeCerteau says history is scientific because writing history “establishes a ‘governance in nature’ in a way than concerns the relation of the past to the present.”  What governance in nature will we create in writing social histories?  What do we do with the awareness that we are establishing a governance?

The issue of weighing the value of certain histories seems to be an important concern of Nietzsches.  It is also an important matter for social history.  How do we decide what histories to uncover?  Are there certain social histories that deserve to be told more than others?  That have greater value in our contemporary daily lives? What is our measuring stick?  What should it be? DeCerteau asks this same question in his text.

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