Education for All

Katherine Pickering Antonova

in An Ordinary Marriage

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796991
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979721 | DOI:
Education for All

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Where Westernizing thinkers blamed social systems and governments for social problems and injustice, Andrei blamed individuals for making poor or “lazy” choices, but believed they could be taught to behave differently. This chapter examines how Andrei furthered his reasoning about his duty toward his children to consider the moral duty of educated people toward the nation. Andrei’s conception of a rational (yet still pious) education was heavily marked by his Romantic and sentimental readings, and so he sought, as the goal of moral education, the ever greater understanding and betterment of one’s self and homeland (defined in local terms) as the best means of furthering a just basis for Russian society. In his mind, an Enlightenment-style, broad, rational education for all would bring about social progress (as he understood it) by enlightening people as to how to most usefully fulfill their God-given roles/duties, thus quixotically combining elements of Romanticism with Enlightenment.

Keywords: nationality; social history of ideas; reception of ideas; education; enlightenment; romanticism; sentimentalism; progressivism; conservatism

Chapter.  10570 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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