London Branch Seminar
In German, the term Bildung has a special status in discourses on education, upbringing and formation, by some hailed as the ultimate ideal, by others dismissed as just another ideological construction. Trying to stay clear of these extremes, I will employ the idea of Bildung to develop the notion of Citizenship Education, discussing in particular how Habermas uses the concept in his theory of democracy in Between Facts and Norms. The hunch is that a “discursively formed public opinion can represent a process of Bildung or education in which citizens build better foundations to their opinions through discursive interaction.”
Asger Sørensen is Associate Professor in Philosophy of Education at the School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. His publications in English are on such topics as Bildung, democratic education, cosmopolitanism, peace, and political liberalism.
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