Immanuel Kant’s notion of reflective judgments and Hannah Arendt’s reinterpretation of its value for the understanding of the public domain and the crucial role of common sense are the starting points of the contribution in which central aspects of Jean-Claude Michéa’s recent critique of liberalism are presented. From this perspective it is neither convincing to strictly separate cultural (political) liberalism from economic liberalism nor to share their »negative« anthropology and/or the quasi sacred axiom of moral neutrality (of the state) in both liberal views. The crisis of (political) imagination rests on the crisis of common sense.
The article is presenting a couple of rather skeptical viewpoints on the utility and adequacy of the notion of ›fragility‹ for educational theory, and especially the topic of ›Bildung‹. Processes of ›Bildung‹, it is argued, may be uncertain, fleeting, hard to begin and to maintain, but not fragile. In four chapters, the author focuses on aspects of understanding ›Bildung‹ mainly as a process of searching, and a most often dialectical venture to which many persons neither have access nor the willingness to engage with in their adolescence and early adulthood.