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ERIC Number: EJ876948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Do We Need to Talk to Each Other? How the Concept of "Experience" Can Contribute to an Understanding of "Bildung" and Democracy
Wahlstrom, Ninni
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v42 n3 p293-309 Apr 2010
In this article I argue that the contested concept of "Bildung," with its roots in the late 18th century, remains of interest in the postmodern era, even if there is also certainly a debate about it having had its day. In the specific discussion about "Bildung and democracy," I suggest that Dewey's reconstructed concept of experience has several points in common with a more recent understanding of "Bildung," at the same time as it can provide insight into how democracy can be understood within the field of "Bildung." In brief, in this article I suggest that if we wish to discuss "democracy" and "Bildung," Dewey's notion of experience might offer a bridge between the two concepts, as well as an understanding of subjectivity, learning, and "communication" as a whole. Finally, I argue that communication is a necessary part of both "democracy" and "Bildung"--not because of certain human similarities, but because of the similarities in some of the problems which we humans encounter, and which we think are worth reflecting upon.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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