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Schleiermacher, Friedrich

Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768–1834) was not only a prominent philosopher (contributing to hermeneutics, ethics, and the philosophy of language), Protestant theologian, and philologist (e.g., a translator of Plato) but also one of the most original philosophers of education of his time. The magnitude of Schleiermacher’s work is comparable with that of his contemporaries Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, and Georg W. F. Hegel; he is widely regarded as the single most important Protestant theologian of the 19th century. Schleiermacher’s philosophy of education, although neglected in English, is indispensable for two reasons: (1) his groundbreaking theoretical insights into education position him (together with J. F. Herbart) as one of the founders of modern educational science (Erziehungswissenschaft) and (2) his contributions to the reorganization ...

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