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Sophia, Colección de Filosofía de la Educación

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NIEVES LOJA, Gerardo Miguel. Hannah Arendt and the problem of education. Sophia [online]. 2017, n.23, pp.219-235. ISSN 1390-8626.

The central objective of this article is to rediscover the crisis of contemporary education, in light of the political and educational thinking of Hannah Arendt. She discovered that education cannot be separated from tradition and authority, on the pretext of effective quantifiable innovations in the field of education. Rather, citizens must be educated to be able to exercise freedom. To develop this theme, Arendt, like Heidegger, proposes a return to Greek wisdom in order to illuminate the times of political darkness and critical emptiness in education, a consequence of the advent of the society at the time of the Modernity, which compromised the ability to think and act. Educating for freedom implies recovering the treasures of tradition and understanding what corresponds to the exercise of authority, which is not related to blind obedience but to the recognition of knowledge. Education must then lead to the encounter of others and the world through the exercise of freedom in a public space and plurality. It can be concluded that education has a task of resistance and reconstruction against the darkness of any educational and political system that threatens the basic freedoms of citizens.

Keywords : Education; freedom; authority; tradition.

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