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ERIC Number: EJ1172768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Hegel's Concept of Education from the Point of View of His Idea of 'Second Nature'
Zovko, Jure
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v50 n6-7 p652-661 2018
This article explores Hegels concept of education within the context of his idea of 'second nature'. Hegel believes that institutional life forms, which have been formed through education, culture, technical and social progress, constitute the 'second nature' of human beings. The immediacy of institutional forms which act as humans' 'second nature' is the product of social and cultural mediation. The phenomenon of morality is here of central importance, because through morality the natural arbitrariness of the will is transformed and the substantial spirit of freedom ("Geist der Freiheit") prevails. In Hegel's opinion, human individuals differ from animals on account of education ("Bildung"); only through education does the human being become that which he should be. "Bildung" is a 'formatio' of the personality, which transcends particular knowledge, because it enables one to make a judgment concerning relationships and objects of our experience. By education human beings achieve the ability to raise themselves up from the concrete to the universal. We become conscious thereby that we exist within the 'realm of the spirit' and educate ourselves from its abundance.
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