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ERIC Number: EJ856009
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
The Social Pathologies of Self-Realization: A Diagnosis of the Consequences of the Shift in Individualization
Hammershoj, Lars Geer
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v41 n5 p507-526 Sep 2009
The aim of this article is to inquire into today's social pathologies, i.e. the negative consequences of the developmental processes of society. In a dialogue with Axel Honneth, the article asserts that a shift has occurred in individualization, a shift that implies a fundamental change in social pathologies: Social pathologies no longer derive from social barriers inhibiting self-realization but from self-realization itself. As a consequence, philosophy of education, rather than sociology, appears to be the relevant field of study. The article develops a social-analytical perspective on "sickness in self-Bildung", which is conceived as a "refusal to transcend oneself into sociality", and offers interpretations of present pathologies such as depression, anorexia, populist freedom of speech, and demonic rage.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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