Table of Contents

Introduction: languages of education.
The educationalization of the modern world: progress, passion, and the Protestant promise of education.
Protestant misunderstandings: Max Weber and the Protestant ethic in America.
Rousseau's classical republicanism.
Linguistic turbulences: the American debates, 1776-1788.
Pragmatism, American culture, and the "Kingdom of God on earth?.
Language as homeland: the Genevan reception of pragmatism.
The becoming of an educational science: the Protestant souls and psychologies.
The German geisteswissenschaftliche Pä̈dagogik and the ideology of Bildung.
Languages of education compared: Germany, Switzerland, and the United States.
Globalizing globalization: the neo-institutional concept of a world culture.
The discomposure of the inward certainty: Germany's double discontent with Pisa.