Composing the Will to Power: John Dewey on Democratic Rhetorical Education Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 The Rhetoric Society of America. In order to highlight the genuinely radical nature of John Deweys educational and democratic vision this essay articulates a vision of contemporary rhetorical education that is grounded in a pragmatic rereading of Friedrich Nietzsches concept of the will to power. Drawing from Deweys 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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author list (cited authors)

  • Crick, N.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Crick, Nathan

publication date

  • August 2016