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Education - Self-Education
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Part of Education:

1. Basic Education

2. Philosophy of Education

3. Pedagogy

4. Religious Education

5. Self-Education

1. Nature, purpose and aims of self-education. Unlike what we may term “other-directed” education in which the person who educates (“the educator”) and the person who is being educated (the “pupil”) are distinct and separate, in self-education the two are identical. Man is at once his own educator and pupil since as educator he “brings up” himself (as pupil) to his higher and true self.

Thus we discover as a basis for the possibility of self-education a certain non-id…

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Heinrich Beck, “Education - Self-Education”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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