Conservatism, Nature, Critique: Hannah Arendt’s Uneasy Education

By Hanako Koyama.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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This paper discusses Hannah Arendt’s thought on education. Specifically, it asks whether her view of education can be called conservative. To this question, this paper gives a tentative yes with some reservations and clarifications as to the meaning of conservatism. Secondly, this paper tries to extract the alternative strands in her thought on education, pointing to the connection with judgment and/or debate which would make Arendtian education a potentially unruly practice of disrupting or resisting the existing thinkings on education including those inspired by the so-called conservatism. Here this paper suggests that Arendt’s political writings, including the scattered writings on Jewish issues in the 1930s, contradict her later view on education appearing in essays such as “Reflections on Little Rock” and “The Crisis in Education.” Finally, it discusses how Arendt deals with the question of resistance and adults’ responsibility in Nazi Germany.

Keywords: The Private Realm, Jewish Children and Schools, the Public Debate and the World

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 9, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 309.349KB)).

Dr. Hanako Koyama

Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Morioka University, Takizawa, Iwate, Japan