Education in an Age of Nihilism: Education and Moral Standards / Edition 1

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Overview

This book addresses concerns about educational and moral standards in a world increasingly characterised by nihilism. On the one hand there is widespread anxiety that standards are falling; on the other, new machinery of accountability and inspection to show that they are not. The authors in this book state that we cannot avoid nihilism if we are simply laissez-faire about values, neither can we reduce them to standards of performance, nor must we return to traditional values. They state that we need to create a new set of values based on a critical assessment of contemporary practice in the light of a number of philosophical texts that address the question of nihilism, including the work of Nietzsche.

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Viewing contemporary education in the UK and much of the English-speaking world as characterized by a lack of commitment to any values beyond continuation of the system, the authors apply the lens of Nietzsche and other philosophers who addressed the issue of nihilism to education practices, standards, and policy. Part I illustrates this value-less state. Part II explores theoretical resources for addressing the problem. The last section offers advisory "fragments" for education managers based on Nietzsche's paraphrased credos: e.g., "laugh a lot, especially at the latest idiocies." Blake (Open U.) is chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. Coauthors are educators in the UK and Belgium. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750710176
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/26/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Pt. 1 Working without values 1
1 Education without risk 3
2 Life skills, teaching skills 16
3 Choice, narrative and work 30
4 Education and the last man 55
Pt. 2 Overcoming nihilism 67
5 Nihilism, Nietzsche and education 69
6 Our most holy duty: language and literacy 88
7 Apollo and Dionysos 96
8 Beyond pain and pleasure: affirmative ethics and integrity 119
Pt. 3 Raising standards 141
9 Solitude, silence, listening 143
10 The courage for immorality 163
11 On having educative relationships with one's pupils 179
12 Taking ignorance seriously 204
References 229
Index 236
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