Bildung as public subjectification

Thuur Caris

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Bildung can be seen as a pedagogy of Interruption that opens up a “concern for publicness” (Biesta 2011) This in order "to disclose the identity of the agent, and to actualize our capacity for freedom. To perform what is “infinitely improbable”. (Arendt 1958) The function of such education is Subjectification: the ways in which students can be(come) subjects in their own right and not just remain objects of the desires and directions of others. (Biesta 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • bildung
  • subjectification
  • pedagogy


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