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How do you learn what you want? On education and will formation

How do you learn what you want? On education and will formation


This edition of the Philosophical Café Nijmegen is organised in collaboration with Bildung Nijmegen.


Philosopher: Jan Bransen

Discussion leader: Annemarie van Stee

Column: Mira Bruggeman

Music: Etan Huijs - Music

Book table: Roelants Nijmegen


In education, it is sometimes worryingly observed that young people do not want to learn at all. Their motivation is extremely poor. If they really have to, they are willing to do an assignment, but learning on their own? No way.


Why is that?

Jan Bransen has his ideas about this, and of course these are largely about the fact that education is not inviting at all. Learning is so terribly boring; of course you don't want it. But it could also be, Bransen argues, that young people have never learned to want, that their will is an infantile ability left to its own devices. But what does that mean? Does education then engage in the formation and development of the will of young people? Isn't that the worst kind of indoctrination? Or is it indeed, as Bransen argues, the most beautiful form of emancipation?


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