Introduction. 1. Bildung in the Eighteenth Century? 2. The Fundaments of the Educationalized World 3. The Philosophy of Politeness as Language for Bildung 4. Bildung as a National Construct 5. Bildung as a Social Distinction 6. Bildung and its Travels to North America 7. Bildung as a Fundamental Concept in the German Educational Sciences 8. Bildung after the Second World War: Reconnections and Skeptical Variations 9. Bildung as an Alternative to Contemporary Empiricism in Education Research. 10. Concluding Remarks, or Bildung in the Twenty-First Century.
Rebekka Horlacher is Professor of Education at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.