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Institutions Of Education: Then And Today

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This is the introduction chapter of the book, which shows that the tradition of German Idealism can still have a function in the contemporary debate on education: the tradition is not only helpful in raising relevant questions, but can also be transformed into positions which can deal with the pluriformity that characterizes contemporary society. September Eleven has taught us that the Enlightenment ideals are obviously not globally shared. The cartoon riots have shown that the free expression of opinion can have the result that some feel themselves deeply hurt. Kants Enlightenment ideal should in itself be understood as focusing attention on the freedom of the actual other. It then raises the question as to whether the freedom in which an individual is elevated is, by definition, universali.e., whether this freedom is immediately compatible with the freedom of others.

Keywords: educational institutions; Enlightenment ideals; German Idealism; human freedom; Kant



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