Conference

Towards a Definition of Western Culture

Part II. What Is an Educated Man?

Nietzsche stated that our culture is vanishing, that it has lost its foundations. If this is so, what will the new culture be like? What are its foundations? What is the new definition of Western culture? As a part of this quest, we are compelled to ask: ‘What is an educated man?’ For whether Nietzsche is right or wrong, and whatever is the relevance of his claim, the essence of education is still a mirror of society which can give us insight into who we are. The next step is to ask: what are the causes? What are the consequences? Is this what we want?