Existentialism and Education

An Introduction to Otto Friedrich Bollnow

  • Ralf Koerrenz
  • Norm Friesen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ralf Koerrenz
    Pages 51-91
  3. Ralf Koerrenz
    Pages 93-101
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 103-115

About this book


This volume examines Otto Friedrich Bollnow’s philosophical approach to education, which brought Heidegger’s existentialism together with other theories of what it is to be “human.” This introduction to Bollnow's work begins with a summary of the theoretical influences that Bollnow synthesized, and goes on to outline his highly original account of experiential “educational reality”--namely, as a reality alternately “harmonious” or “broken,” but fundamentally “guided.” This book will be of value to scholars and students of education and philosophy, especially those interested in bringing larger existential questions into connection with everyday educational engagement.


Otto Friedrich Bollnow Existentialism and Education educational reality philosophy of education human science pedagogy pedagogical anthropology

Authors and affiliations

  • Ralf Koerrenz
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Bildung und KulturUniversität Jena Institut für Bildung und KulturJenaGermany

Editors and affiliations

  • Norm Friesen
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept of Educational TechnologyBoise State University Dept of Educational TechnologyBOISEUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-48636-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-48637-6
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