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Education

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Author(s): Groothoff, Hans-Hermann | Krenzer, Richard P. | Radtke, Muriel M. | Zeil-Fahlbusch, Elisabeth
1. Europe 1.1. Definition The popular term “education”—as also, from the 18th century, “culture”—defies comprehensive definition. It receives its concrete sense from the context in which it is used. Historically it derives from educatio, and there is a relation also to eruditio. It thus has an underlying sense that becomes clear when we relate it to other cultures. As a “function of society” (W. Dilthey), education cannot be abstracted from social development and treated in isolation. Thus in libera…