What does «processing of the Рast» mean

(translation from German, abstract and notes by Vitaliy Bryzhnik)


  • Theodor Adorno
  • Vitaliy Mykolayovych Bryzhnik Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University




Рast, guilt, ideology, collective, fascism, psychology, self, memory, re-education, enlightenment, history


Adorno's work “What does‘processing of the Рast’ mean” for the first time was presented as a report on November 6, 1959 before the Coordination Council on Christian-Jewish Cooperation. In this work Adorno considered the essence of social ideology prevailing in postwar Germany, which predetermined the strategies of social reconciliation with the political crimes of the former national-socialist power. According to the philosopher the social ideology of the consumer society uses a large number of appropriate means to stabilize its dominant position in society. First of all this ideology tries to eliminate the collective historical memory of people about the horrors of the war period, trying to squeeze them out of the collective consciousness, in particular, through the memories of people about the “best times” of life under the “guardianship” of the previous totalitarian power. The philosopher marked as surrogate the identity of these people which socially integrated only through the authority of the power personality. They do not identify themselves with the victims of the totalitarian regime because of the influence on their consciousness of the cultural elements of this social ideology. Another consequence of this influence is the alienation of these people from the idea of democracy as a factor of properly sociocultural transformations.  Adorno defined the new “democratic pedagogy” and the enlightenment as a “second education” as effective means to overcome this influence. They are practically implemented in a society as those educated people who have knowledge about the past crimes of the totalitarian regime.  In this manner they cause within the educational process of the effective “re-education of the Past” through the formation of a personal understanding of an individual about social causes and the terrible consequences of rule of a totalitarian regime.  This makes possible of his “political full-grown” and makes impossible of historic recurrence of the crimes of authoritarian power in Europe.    

Author Biography

Vitaliy Mykolayovych Bryzhnik, Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University

Doctor of Philosophy, Associate Professor of the Philosophy Department at the  Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University


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How to Cite

Adorno, T., & Bryzhnik, V. M. (2018). What does «processing of the Рast» mean: (translation from German, abstract and notes by Vitaliy Bryzhnik). Filosofiya Osvity. Philosophy of Education, 22(1), 6–24. https://doi.org/10.31874/2309-1606-2018-22-1-6-24






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