Education in an Age of Nihilism

Education in an Age of Nihilism : Education and Moral Standards

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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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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 14.99mm | 386g
  • Routledge Falmer
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0750710179
  • 9780750710176
  • 1,704,933

Table of contents

Part I: Working Without Values 1. Education Without Risk 2. Life Skills, Teaching Skills 3. Choice, Narrative and Work 4. Education and the Last Man Part II: Overcoming Nihilism 5. Nihilism, Nietzsche and Education 6. Our Most Holy Duty: Language and Literacy 7. Apollo and Dionysos 8. Beyond Pain and Pleasure: Affirmative Ethics and Integrity Part III: Raising Standards 9. Solitude, Silence and Listening 10. The Courage of Immorality 11. On Having Educative Relationships With One's Pupils 12. Taking Ignorance Seriously
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