Practicing Philosophy, the Practice of Education: Exploring the Essay-Form Through Lukács’ Soul and Form

  • Duck-Joo Kwak
Part of the Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education book series (COPT, volume 3)


This chapter further develops the themes introduced in the first two chapters and culminates them by touching upon Lukács’ rich ideas on the relationships between philosophical practice, life-form, and the essay-form of writing. Anticipating Montaigne’s conception of the essay, the author further articulates Lukács’ view of “the essay” by examining the main characteristics of “the essay” and the philosophical spirit behind them. Here, the idea is proposed that the essay-form is a form of philosophical practice in which self-edification as “self-attempt” or “self-study” is practiced and expressed in such a way to transform one’s own (or the readers’) sensibility.


Everyday Life Educational Practice Pure Type Metaphysical Reality Complementary Relation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education College of EducationSeoul National UniversitySeoulKorea, Republic of South Korea

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