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Existentialism and Education

An Introduction to Otto Friedrich Bollnow

  • Norm Friesen
  • First to provide a biographical and thematic overview of Bollnow’s philosophy of education

  • Provides an accessible introduction to a key continental theorist of education and offers a thematic outline of Bollnow’s theory

  • Introduces readers to rich continental traditions in educational thought that are largely unknown in English, including human science pedagogy and pedagogical anthropology


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

  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

About the editors

Ralf Koerrenz is Professor of Historical Education and Global Education at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany.

Norm Friesen is Associate Professor of Educational Technology at the College of Education, Boise State University, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Existentialism and Education
  • Book Subtitle An Introduction to Otto Friedrich Bollnow
  • Authors Ralf Koerrenz
  • Editors Norm Friesen
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-48636-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83982-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-48637-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 115
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Philosophy of Education
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