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ERIC Number: EJ1033204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Axel Honneth's Idea of a Drawn-Out Process of Education
Hanhela, Teemu
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v22 n3 p369-388 2014
This article examines Axel Honneth's interpretation of Hegel's "ethical life" as a conception of a "drawn-out" process of education. Honneth's formulations of ethical life, namely "personal relationships", "market economy" and "the democratic will-formation", are an interesting reinterpretation of Hegel's "family", "civil society" and "state", an reinterpretation that--however--involves two risks. Firstly, in "the psychologisation of Hegel's ideas", Honneth considers that "a drawn-out process of education" concerns merely the positive developmental processes, ignoring Hegel's proposal of so-called "negative" elements of "Bildung" such as compulsion, discipline and authority, which--Hegel argues--are necessary in the spheres of family and civil society. Secondly, Honneth contends that a drawn-out process of education has a homing, self-reconstructive nature, which leaves readers uncertain as to how upbringing, education and schools should be understood in that context. This paper critically amends Honneth's perspectives and outlines solutions to Honneth's interpretative risks, using Hegel's own views on education and the school institute. Hegel's work clarifies the distinction between upbringing and education as follows: upbringing is a family matter, while education is the task of civil society. These two ideas intermingle in Honneth's recitations. Hegelian school theory also offers a topical, critical-content-useful interpretation of the application of those ideas for our contemporary institutes of education.
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