1 Department of Philosophy of Education, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Danish School of Education - Uddannelsesvidenskab, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University3 Danish School of Education - Uddannelsesvidenskab, Emdrup, Danish School of Education, Arts, Aarhus University
The aim of this article is to inquire into today's social pathologies, i.e. the negative consequences of the developmental processes of society. In a dialogue with Axel Honneth, the article asserts that a shift has occurred in individualization, a shift that implies a fundamental change in social pathologies: Social pathologies no longer derive from social barriers inhibiting self-realization but from self-realization itself. As a consequence, philosophy of education, rather than sociology, appears to be the relevant field of study. The article develops a social-analytical perspective on ‘sickness in self-Bildung', which is conceived as a ‘refusal to transcend oneself into sociality', and offers interpretations of present pathologies such as depression, anorexia, populist freedom of speech, and demonic rage.