Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2021, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (10): 65-76.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2021.10.006

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Phenomenology as Philosophy of Education: On the Liberation of Self by Phenomenology

Wei Gao   

  1. College of Educational Science, Jiangsu Normal University, XuZhou, 221116
  • Online:2021-10-20 Published:2021-09-27


Phenomenology is a kind of modern philosophy that tries to return to classical rationality and reshape the meaning of human existence. Phenomenology has the characteristics of revolutionary, critical and liberating. It liberates the world and self, reviews people’s understanding of the relationship between themselves and the world, and redefines freedom and responsibility. The problem consciousness of phenomenology is the cover and appearance of self, and its historical mission is to liberate self. Phenomenology not only constructs “a certain” philosophy of education through “Revelation”, but also regards education as political and ethical activities, emancipates the mind, publicizes the freedom of ideas, regards the educators and the educated in the educational activities as the undertakers of truth and freedom, and profoundly changes our understanding of education. Phenomenology itself has a profound nature of education. Phenomenology is the philosophy of education.

Key words: phenomenology, philosophy of education, self, meanings