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DUARTE, Rodrigo. Schematism and semi-erudition. Educ. Soc. [online]. 2003, vol.24, n.83, pp.441-4557. ISSN 0101-7330.

This paper aims at showing the relationship between "Theory of semi-erudition" by Adorno and his (and Horkheimer's) suggestion found in the Dialectic of enlightenment, that the culture industry removes the individual capacity to "schematize", that is - according to Kant's point of view in the Critique of pure reason - to refer their sensible perception to fundamental concepts. Since in the Dialectic of enlightenment, in the chapter on the culture industry, the authors do not develop this idea, I try to find a development of it in the part entitled "Elements of anti-Semitism", particularly in the section on the "false projection". It is then possible to show that the same conception of "semi-erudition", which, in the Dialectic of enlightenment, links the theory on anti-Semitism to the critique to the culture industry, may be considered as a concept applied to educational issues.

Keywords : Theodor Adorno; Max Horkheimer; Immanuel Kant; Critical theory of society.

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