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The Hegelian Concept Of Culture

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Anthropologists refer to Herder or perhaps Iselin as the true initiators of the contemporary culture-concept; philosophers will at least add Kant, and maybe even Fichte to this list. Hegel's name, however, is almost never mentioned in this connection. In fact, one of the best scholars of Hegel in Germany - Bruno Liebruck - not long ago published a paper attempting to explain why Hegel avoided employing the concept of culture, and failed to integrate it systematically into his philosophy. To outline Hegel's concept of Bildung as culture in all its complexity (within which Bildung as education represents only one meaning-aspect) is, however, a formidable task. But education, cultivation and acculturation, even in their interaction, do not exhaust the Hegelian concept of Bildung. This chapter briefly discusses the significance of some of the historically immanent elements of this Hegelian conception.

Keywords: concept of culture; Germany; Hegelian concept; philosophy



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