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Education - Basic Education
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Part of Education:

1. Basic Education

2. Philosophy of Education

3. Pedagogy

4. Religious Education

5. Self-Education

1. Concept. Formation or basic education is the process by which man acquires the true form of his being as man. The end-product is sometimes known as his culture (the static rather than the dynamic concept of formation). Man is properly such through his “purposefulness”, that is, his basic openness and orientation towards a fulfilment which lies before him. He is not “ready-made” like inorganic t…

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Max Müller, “Education - Basic Education”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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