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Education, Identity, Integrity. Hegel’s Socio-Cultural Model Of Individuality From The Perspective Of His Conception Of Modern Civil Society

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This chapter attempts to recapitulate how Hegel developed a theory of educated civil society whose specific qualification consisted in the inclusion of the economic dimension in the discussion on education, which above all in Germany had remained marginal to philosophical interest. It proves that Hegels theory of education did indeed pursue a systematic claim that is not resolvable in the system of the Philosophy of Spirit. Education is, on the one hand, a structural element in the objective order of modern society, but on the other hand it represents an identity-promoting factor for atomizing individuals of modern society. The function of education as a cultural, or rather, cultivated form of cognition, activities and the institutional establishments consists directly in moving individuals forward to their own identity as subjects of modern society. In Hegel one can talk about education as a socio-cultural model.

Keywords: education; Hegel; identity of individuals; modern civil society; socio-cultural model



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