Reflexive education: Rethinking the relations between secular “consciousness” and religion

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This article examines the intersections between religion and education by taking the central European educational tradition known as Bildung to bear on a re-reading of the relations between the secular "consciousness" and religion. The need for a change in the secular consciousness was already advocated by Habermas. Setting itself apart from Habermas’ position, however, this article challenges the dichotomy between religion and the secular mindset, by throwing a light on the continuity between secular education and its religious roots in the European scene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-300
Number of pages16
JournalReligion and Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2016

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  • Bildung
  • Liberal education
  • Religion and education
  • Secularization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Religious studies


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