Johan Amos Comenius – schools of life and deepening wisdom


This study deals with the notion of Czech Johan Amos Comenius (1592 – 1670) about “schools of life” and journey toward deepening wisdom. At the same time, the study casts light on a remarkable historical root of lifelong learning. The concept is addressed critically, however: in contemporary usage, the concept of lifelong learning is often reduced as if to respond to the needs of the changing world of work only. In contrast, Comenius emphasised learning in life. His system of schools of life is probably the earliest presentation of human learning and studying throughout one’s lifespan. At the same time, it deals with wisdom, which grows deeper along with learning. The project is funded by Kordelin Foundation.

Researchers: Markku Leinonen, Anita Malinen, Katja Pynnönen ja Eeva K. Kallio.