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Hegel and Gadamer on Bildung
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. Filosofi.
2008 (English)In: The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 46, no 4, 559-580 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Hegel argues that Bildung (cultivation or education) involves an ability to reflect on one’s habitual beliefs in a detached, uncommitted way. According to Hegel, the educated (gebildete) individual is able to consider a manifold of standpoints on a given issue through awareness of the historical and cultural variability of beliefs. Hans-Georg Gadamer invokes Hegel’s account of Bildung in arguing that historical study permits current presuppositions (Vorurteile) to become reflected through the awareness of cognitive plurality and change that such study brings about. The paper mainly tries to show three things: (i) that Hegel is a source of inspiration for Gadamer in this regard, but that there are also important differences between their accounts of Bildung; (ii) that these accounts are not unambiguous; and (iii) that Gadamer, in particular, makes somewhat elusive claims on the power of Bildung.

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2008. Vol. 46, no 4, 559-580 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10709OAI: diva2:150380
Available from: 2009-01-15 Created: 2009-01-15 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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