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ERIC Number: EJ924420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Sphere Pluralism and Critical Individuality
Puolimatka, T.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v23 n1 p21-39 Jan 2004
While discussing critical individuality as one of the main goals of liberal education, the emphasis has usually been on direct educational measures. Much less attention has been given to the social preconditions for its development. This paper discusses the societal aspect of the question by employing the notion of sphere pluralism. The attempt is to point out some ways in which the diversified nature of society can be employed in its full potential for the development of critical individuality. The article aims to outline a form of sphere pluralism, which is based on structural differentiation, cultural diversity, communal vitality, confessional pluralism and cross-communal criticism. The suggestion is that the critical potential of sphere pluralism presupposes a proper balance between sphere autonomy and inter-sphere criticism as well as that between social construction of meaning and objective-structural constraints.
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Language: English
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