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Korean Journal of General Education 2020;14(5):149-160.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.46392/kjge.2020.14.5.149    Published online October 31, 2020.
Philosophical Reflections on Liberal Education of Universities -Focused on Hegel’s Philosophy of Right
Jeong-Hyok Seo
Associate Professor, Sookmyung Women’s University
대학의 교양 교육에 대한 철학적 성찰 -헤겔의 『법철학』을 중심으로
숙명여자대학교 기초교양학부 부교수, 교양교육연구소 연구위원
Correspondence:  Jeong-Hyok Seo,
Email: seocrates@hanmail.net
Received: 20 September 2020   • Revised: 20 October 2020   • Accepted: 22 October 2020
Hegel never published an independent article on the subject of liberal education (cultivation: Bildung) as it is taught at a university. However, he frequently mentioned liberal education from a very important point of view in his various writings. In particular, the key points he presented about liberal education in certain related articles, focusing on his Philosophy of Right, are as follows: First, liberal education (cultivation) in a home and in a society before a person enters a university proper, sets its sights on forming a self-reliant personality. The cultivation of an independent personality forms the basis of liberal education at a university. Second, individuals as citizens need theoretical and practical cultivation to satisfy their own interests and needs. In particular, the most important thing about liberal education as it appears at universities for civil society is to lay the foundation for creativity and originality through liberal education (cultivation). For this will allow graduates to become objective observers when confronted with various situations. Third, liberal education taught in universities should contribute to enabling individuals in the national community to be reborn as political subjects with political virtues. This can create a participatory civic awareness in which individuals come to realize that the work of the community is also their own.
Key Words: Liberal Education(Cultivation), University, Family, Independent Personality, Originality, Political Subject, State
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