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The Actual Meaning Of Hegel’s Concept Of Education

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According to Hegel, human freedom is conditioned by institutions, which are normalized by this freedom. This institutional differentiation leads to a concept of education which is composed of many layers. This chapter shows that Hegels conception of freedom is potent enough to use in a critical analysis of the one-dimensional position that our society attributes to education. When Hegel states that children are elevated from the natural immediacy of the family into independence and free personality, he does not differentiate between the two moments of education. If the family is conceptualized as a community in which the natural reproduction process is performed in the form of a specific norms and values community, then the transcendence of the family in the System of Needs gets another meaning than the one used by Hegel. To explicate this distinction, the chapter contrasts transcendence into civil society with transcendence into the System of Needs.

Keywords: civil society; education; Hegel; System of Needs



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