The Theory of Half-education

(translation from German Maria Kultaieva)

  • Theodor W. Adorno
Keywords: Adorno, half-education, freedom, culture, society, adaptation, , aliens, integration


The theory of  half- education was presented at first on the congress of German sociologists (1959). The tendencies regarded in this theory are really taking place in the contemporary education and have determining its crises, which becomes more evidence in the social and cultural contexts of the later capitalism. The theory of half-education is rethinking  and actualizing  of the conceptualizations of education and culture in the German idealism, Marxism and Freudianism, explicating the dialectic of Enlightenment through diagnostics of its degenerations and deformations in the options of the alien spirit, what has a very dangerous consequence of the liquidation of culture  that is converting into the mas one. Half-education  is parasitizing    on   the idea of education which has  intrinsic contradictions: its conditions are the individual autonomy and social freedom, but it is depending on society. Id demands both: the individual autonomy and social adaptation. These contradictions can be overcame  by the  application of  the negative dialectic, which joins complementary the critic of education and the critic of society opening new perspectives for them.

Abstract views: 1039 | PDF Downloads: 302
How to Cite
Adorno, T. (2017). The Theory of Half-education. Filosofiya Osvity. Philosophy of Education, 20(1), 128-152.


Download data is not yet available.