The journey through the history of pedagogy leads to many exciting questions! If you are curious and would like to dive deeper, you have come to the right place! My publications give you an overview of the different topics of my research.



Unsichtbare(s) sichtbar machen. Epistemologische Bedeutung von Frauen in der pädagogischen Theorienbildung ("Making the invisible visible. The epistemological significance of women in pedagogical theorising")

Vierteljahrsschrift für wissenschaftliche Pädagogik, Bd. 100, 2024.

Making the Invisible(s) Visible. Epistemological Significance of Women in Pedagogical Theorising.

In the tradition of pedagogical theory, women are rarely mentioned. Historical educational research should contribute to making the women pedagogues and their theories visible so that the merits and limitations of the different positions within historical pedagogy can be learned about and reflected upon. The article argues that only a synthesis of theories allows for expanded thinking. The aim is to recognise the achievements of women in historical education research on an equal footing. 

Susak, Mara: Unsichtbare(s) sichtbar machen. Epistemologische Bedeutung von Frauen in der pädagogischen Theorienbildung, in: Vierteljahrsschrift für wissenschaftliche Pädagogik, Bd. 100 (2024), S. 5-17.

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Die vexierbildartige Natur der Freiheit ("The vexed nature of freedom")

die Kulturschock, 2. Ausgabe, WiSe 2024. 

This article addresses the complex nature of freedom, which is presented as a kind of
dilemma. On the one hand, Mara Susak emphasises that absolute freedom
can lead to the absence of meaningful ties, while on the other hand too much
freedom can lead to a kind of coercion and lack of freedom. The author emphasises
that freedom is not simply given, but is defined by individual decisions and reason.
decisions and reason. Overall, she emphasises the multi-layered nature of freedom and the need to find the right balance.

Susak, Mara: Die vexierbildartige Natur der Freiheit, in: die Kulturschock Vol. 2 (2023), S. 23-25.
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Review by Eckart Otto of  "Mara Susak: Megalopsychia"

Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte, Bd. 29, 2023.

Otto, Eckart: MARA SUSAK, Megalopsychia. Aristoteles’ Meta-Tugend. Eine Transformation
der Adelsethik in ein Bildungsideal, in: Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte Vol. 29 (2023), S. 289-291.

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NEW 2022: 

 Aristoteles’ Meta-Tugend 
Eine Transformation der Adelsethik in ein Bildungsideal 

How do we actually know what is beautiful and good? This book makes visible the history of an idea that everyone thinks they know, from archaic Greece to the present. Using Aristotle's meta-virtue of megalopsychia, we travel from the divine hero myth to human self-knowledge and self-determination. 
Megalopsychia, translated as greatness of soul, pride, or magnanimity, is a term that is one of the important concepts in the conception of ethics, but its interpretation and meaning is decidedly controversial in research. With megalopsychia we enter a thorny territory, which is factually related to the fact that contemporary moral concepts are foreign to the meanings of pride, worthiness, or honor, which, however, resonate with the term megalopsychia. It is not the value itself, but the consciousness of this value that is in the foreground. But how do we form this consciousness? 
Aristotle's theoretical discussion of moral education is intimately intertwined with philosophy, specifically with ethical considerations. The account of megalopsychia in this book therefore works its way from the beginnings of Western ethics to the systematic place of pedagogy. 

"The megalopsychia contains a rich intellectual-historical heritage that is worth discovering"

In den apokryphen Winkeln der menschlichen Seele – Was es heißt die Vorstellungkraft zu denken. 

In press. Die Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie, 2022.

Female Ideals of Thougt and Education: A historically necessary review.

In press. Springer International Publishing AG , 2022.
Content (Ab S. 14.).

Parenting, Education and Assessment of Parental Abilities. Practice and Theory in Systems of Education, 15 (1), 50-64.

With Dr. Kadera, Stepanka.

Eine Reise durch die Geschichte der Pädagogik; Band I Antike bis Mittelalter. 

Eine Reise durch die Geschichte der Pädagogik; Band II Renaissance bis Aufklärung.

A textbook in two volumes; TBD October 2024 in Text & Dialog Verlag.