Alle reden von Wissensgesellschaft. Aber wie ist es tatsächlich bestellt um das Wissen? Meinen sie es wirklich ernst mit der Bildung? Konrad Paul Liessmann. Konrad Paul Liessmann is the author of Theorie der Unbildung. Die Irrtümer der Wissensgesellschaft ( avg rating, ratings, 16 reviews, published 2. Today I’ve attended a lecture held by Konrad Paul Liessmann. author of a book called Theorie der Unbildung or roughly translated to English – The Theory of.

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Log in No account? Croatia, City of Zagreb Current Mood: Today I’ve attended a lecture held by Konrad Paul Liessmann.

Theorie der Unbildung. Die Irrtümer der Wissensgesellschaft

He is a dwr professor from the University of Vienna, and some might say cer philosopher, but more importantly for this post he’s the author of a book called Theorie der Unbildung or roughly translated to English – The Theory of Uneducation. The Theory of Uneducation is a quaint and direct criticism of the European institutions of higher education – or more precisely, the contemporary forced unification of the said institutions by the Bologna Process.

It creates a framework for program evaluation and comparison. This all sounds well and good when written on a freshly printed out form in some office in Brussels – but on the other side, you can imagine the resistance and bewilderment arising and growing in the intellectual circles who are really affected by the Bologna Process.

Americans reading this might be confused by what I’ve said by now, or by Liessmann’s standpoint – but bear with me that the perception and tradition of universities in Europe is quite different than that in the States. In Europe, the universities are traditionally seen as bastions of revolutionary, dissident thought and more than everything – freedom. I see it like this – the Americans take pride in their right of ‘free speech’; Europeans have the right of free speech too, but our pride is defined and incorporated in the ‘ivory tower’ of the university – it’s not only important to have the freedom to speak, it’s important to know how to speak and what to say.

The American culture has or at least has had strong anti-intellectualism currents; to an average European, intellectualism is something to strive to; or at least, to like from afar. This also ties to another thing – in the US more than most of Europehigher education is irrevocably tied to money. As a future student, you have to carefully plan out your education regarding money – and even more importantly, you get educated to later earn money; what’s more, the highest and most acclaimed centers of learning in the US are completely off limits to those not able to come up with the money.


Europe isn’t that different from the US nowadays, but the difference is more seen in the outlook than in the current situation though, by far, studying in Europe is from what I’ve seen much more accessible to the poor than in the US; correct me if I’m wrong, of course. From the perspective of a humanities centered university of the ‘European style’ as I propose and see it, one has to differentiate education from training.

Training has a specific goal – you have to learn how to do something practical, which can in turn be converted into paid work. Training has a cost, and has a definite use. Education, on the other hand, is not and cannot be training.

Education does not have a practical goal or use, per se. Why would one get educated if he cannot use it i. Liessmann sums it up in a simple etymological answer.

The whole concept of a school, of education, revolves around the concept of leisure, not goal directed behavior. Education, seen through the lens of an intellectual like Liessman, is not a way to increase ‘human capital’, but an art of the mind.

This does not mean that universities should stop teaching people practical skills; on the contrary. But we should reinstate in our oknrad the difference between education and training, the learning of the art of thought and the learning of skills; the difference between true education and training for specific work-tasks.

If you cannot see the brainchild of such leisure in every text message you send, every book you read, every ride you take in your car – that’s your shortsightedness. Or one might say, your stupidity. I’m glad you like it. It’s been brewing in me for quite some time now! As an American myself I have to say I agree with you quite a bit, bakho. If I thought I could pull it off, I would study my interests as well as get an education to get a better job.


Things are made even more difficult unbildyng so-called “non-traditional” students — those like me who didn’t finish their higher education right out of high school, but went back a few years later to finish their degree. And that just leads to a black hole of money.

Konrad Paul Liessmann – The Tower of Babylon

Hell, Kessa and I were talking about just this the other day I might have to find this book if it’s available in English and give it a read. This issue is really manifold. Such costs of higher education are one more indicator of the blindness of modern economists.

Education seen as human capital works like this: In short, your work values more if you’re educated. I don’t want to go into a discussion if that is really so, so we’ll accept it for now. But what economists completely and utterly forget is the bigger picture.

This, as many other things do, shows that in today’s world; the interest is not in the wellness of our society ‘the greater good’, however tacky that might soundbut the interest of an individual in the most shortsighted and infantile, I might even say instrumental, way. I know that you can hardly compare the university of Zagreb to the universities you and Kessa are attending, but my tuition costs for now were around kn my college is one of the cheaper options – that’s somewhere around dollars.

If things work out, I won’t spend more when I graduate in the worst scenario, I’ll spend another dollars until my graduation. I know how much you spend on higher education in the US – and that’s an atrocity. Oh, and good luck trying to find the book. I’ve been looking for it on Amazon in translation to Englishbut haven’t managed to find it.

It seems it’s been translated to Croatian, but not to English: D Edited at