conflict & communication online, Vol. 21, No. 2, 2022
ISSN 1618-0747




Christine Zeuner
Aspects of a justice-conscious critical adult education – Reflections following Oskar Negt

This article discusses the "social competencies" that the German social philosopher Oskar Negt (* 1934) developed in the 1980s as a proposal for a concept of critical education, concerning education for citizenship and adult education.  Based on the political and economic transformation processes of the 1980s, Negt identified a social crisis that led to insecurity and disorientation. His educational concept is intended to support learners in understanding and assessing social contexts and political developments, in order to be able to intervene politically and to change the democratic society in the sense of a realistic utopia. The article also asks about the possibilities of rethinking approaches to critical adult education in the sense of Negt's definition of justice competence.


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The author:
Christine Zeuner, Dr. phil., MA, is professor of adult education at Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg. Main fields of work and research: education for democracy/citizenship education, international-comparative adult education; history of adult education; theory of adult education; research on educational leave; literacy/numeracy and basic education; target group-related research.
Address: Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften, Helmut Schmidt Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Holstenhofweg 85, 22043 Hamburg.
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