Reconaissance in No Man's Land

Reconaissance in No Man's Land

Konrad Paul Liessmann

What does the term education signify today? Konrad Paul Liessmann, philosopher, journalist and one of Austria's most influential intellectuals, advocates a demanding definition in contrast to the simplifactions of economy and politics.

Education today is often used as a means of securing "location advantage" and as a synonym for investments in "human capital". Konrad Paul Liessmann strongly opposes such a reduced definition. Discussing education, he says, makes sense only in the context of a given cultural framework. Culture, on the other hand, means that the ability to perceive things from an aesthetic point of view is considered equal to abstract thinking – and to insist on this equality is not old-fashioned but necessary if we are to rescue the achievements of civilization from sacrifice on the altar of economic interests.

Liessmann's latest essays make this diagnosis from everyday observations: the inflationary babble about culture, the erosion of the family, the dreadful youth cult. But they also direct attention to a new idea of what aesthetic education could be: the ability to move confidently in very different spheres and still remain recognizable as an individual.

Reconaissance in No Man's Land

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