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The Goal of Education and the Circle of the Sciences The German idealists share a number of philosophical presuppositions. Among the most important of these is the concept of Bildung. Like the ancient Greek word paideia, Bildung refers to the education or formation of “the whole person” in his or her intellectual, moral, and social unity. 5 Fostering autonomous, self-developing individuals is central to forming character, and so Bildung takes on the character of self-development as opposed to the inculcation of a paideia imparted by others, no matter how wise.
As the sun is to our perception of sensible things, so God, the uncreated light, is the cause of all certain knowledge in the sciences. ”16 Reason is never unaided in its quest for Truth. ”17 This is true even though we are fallen. The image of God in human minds can never be completely erased. There is always some awareness of God in our consciousness, even if at a subconscious level. There always remains a trace of love for the Truth, a desire for God. 19 Full knowledge, according to Augustine, cannot be had through rational thinking alone.
The subject matter they study is part of a continuum, connected to the whole of material and divine reality. These scholars therefore must be equally free to explore the relationship of the restricted dimension of reality that is the object of their academic discipline to ever-wider and deeper 32 Academic Freedom dimensions of reality, and to pursue their inquiries to their ultimate end. That means asking and exploring the larger questions about the relation of a particular realm of reality to the whole, and to its divine ground.
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