Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Mollenhauer, Klaus (1928–1998)

  • Norm Friesen
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_196


Klaus Mollenhauer (1928–1998) is one of the most important German theorists of education of the postwar era. Mollenhauer is renowned for his contributions to critical pedagogy and educational social work (Sozialpädagogik) in Germany. His late philosophical work, Forgotten Connections: On Culture and Upbringing (2014), has been translated into multiple languages including English and deals in a highly original and accessible way with education in its most basic elements.


Klaus Mollenhauer (1928–1998) was born the son of a prison teacher and a social worker in Berlin. Like others born at the end of the 1920s (e.g., Jürgen Habermas or Niklas Luhmann), Mollenhauer was forced to join the German army in his early teens at the end of the Second World War. After being captured and imprisoned for almost 4 weeks by the British Army, Mollenhauer returned to school in 1946 and then attended the College of Education in Göttingen.

Mollenhauer studied under Herman Nohl and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Education, Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA