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CRICK, Nathan

Fall 2016, 46.4, pages 287-307

Composing the Will to Power: John Dewey on Democratic Rhetorical Education

Abstract: In order to highlight the genuinely radical nature of John Dewey's educational and democratic vision this essay articulates a vision of contemporary rhetorical education that grounded in a pragmatic rereading of Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of the "will to power." Drawing from Dewey's treatment of the will to power in Human Nature and Conduct, I argue that rhetorical pedagogy seeks to arouse, channel, and finally compose the impulses of students through the activity of intelligence in such a way that reflects and advocates for students interests within a democratic ethic of advocacy, criticism, and deliberation.

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