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Being One’s Own Self In A Fragmented Life. On The Problems Of The Classical Ideals Of Bildung Under The Conditions Of Current Social Reality

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The idea of education, encapsulated in the German concept Bildung, is perhaps the only one of the projects and concepts of modern times that remains uncontroversial to this day. So far Bildung was deemed too steeped in philosophy. This chapter suggests that our understanding of Bildung contains too little, rather than too much, philosophical reflection. In the course of the applied and descriptive research and the current external circumstances Participation has become more central. An antithetical determination of the Bildung process is formed in the chapter. The current images we associate with adulthood and social institutions that lead the way to adulthood involve simultaneous antithetical ideas: to have enjoyed Bildung and have ideals of Anti-Bildung; knowing-what and knowing-how according to society but also having elitist, spiritual or anarchistic antagonism to Bildung, such as distance, scorn of the internalization of learning and of the will to become like the adults.

Keywords: antithetical ideas; Bildung; education; social institutions

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