Values, Education and the Human World

Values, Education and the Human World

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The essays in this book consist of revised versions of Victor Cook Memorial Lectures delivered in the universities of St. Andrews, London, Cambridge, Aberdeen, Oxford, Glasgow and Leeds.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 20mm | 400g
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845400003
  • 9781845400002
  • 1,308,007

Table of contents

The Nature of Values by John Haldane; Problems of Values Education by David Carr; A Cultural Crisis: The Devaluation of Values; Revaluation of Values by Anthony Quinton; Education, Value and the Sense of Awe; The Pursuit of Excellence by Anthony O'Hear; The Aim of Education; The Context of Education by Richard Pring; Meeting Educational Needs; Good Teaching by Mary Warnock; Political Society, Civil Society; Languages of Morals by Jonathan Sacks; Values, Religion and Education; Diagnosis? Prognosis? Cure? by Stewart Sutherland; Science and Poetry; Atoms, Memes and Individuals by Mary Midgley; The Threat of Scientism; The New Marx by Bryan Appleyard.
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Review quote

"In this timely collection of essays, John Haldane brings together a range of eminent contributors. Originally presented as the Victor Cook Lectures, the texts comprise a coherent set of challenges to prevailing assumptions regarding values and education. The opening chapters frame the book in a forthright attack on the 'empiricist orthodoxy' that, with its disastrous effects on education, permeates the modern world. The chapters that follow take up the cause from one perspective or another, addressing questions of culture and excellence, politics and civil society, religion and pluralism, science and scientism, the aims of education and the nature of good teaching. The book brings these matters to the general educated reader in a lively, clear, and thought-provoking way." -- University of Sheffield "A multidisciplinary offering of a particular camp with passionately argued cases which should appeal to many with general interests in education, values and moral philosophy." -- Robert Bowie * New Blackfriars * "...the collection is well organised, reasonably focused and highly engaging. Without exception, the essays are well written and thought-provoking... [the contributors have] managed very effectively the task of being both scholarly and accessible [and] have admirably fulfilled their brief to appeal to the general educated public." * Journal of the Philosophy of Education * "...a timely and valuable contribution to the ongoing debate about education, values and culture." -- David Lorimer * Network Review *
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About John Haldane

Bryan Appleyard has been a columnist on The Times and The Independent and currently writes for The Sunday Times. In 1986 he was 'Feature Writer of the Year' and in 1992 he was 'Commended Feature Writer'. David Carr is Professor of Philosophy of Education in the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Educating the Virtues (1991), Professionalism and Ethical Issues in Teaching (2000) and Making Sense of Education (2003). He is also editor of Education, Knowledge and Truth (1998) and co-editor of Virtue, Ethics and Moral Education (1999) and (with John Haldane) of Spirituality, Philosophy and Education (2003). John Haldane is Professor of Philosophy in the University of St Andrews where he is also Director of the Centre for Ethics, Philoso phy and Public Affairs. He has also held positions at other universities, including the Royden Davis Chair of Humanities at George- town University, DC. He is the author (with J.J.C. Smart) of Atheism and Theism, Second Edition (2003), An Intelligent Person's Guide to Religion (2003), Faithful Reason (2004), and editor of Philosophy and Public Affairs (2000) and other volumes. Mary Midgley was a member of the philosophy department at the University of Newcastle but she is best known as a columnist and broadcaster and as the author of a number of books on various moral questions. Anthony O'Hear was formerly Professor of Philosophy in the University of Bradford and is currently Weston Professor of Philosophy in the University of Buckingham. He is Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and editor of its journal Philosophy. Richard Pring is a Fellow of Green College and former Professor of Educational Studies and Director of the Department of Educational Studies, in the University of Oxford. He has also been editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies. Anthony Quinton (Baron Quinton of Holywell) was a fellow of All Souls and New College before becoming President of Trinity College, Oxford. He has also been Chairman of the British Library. Jonathan Sacks was the first holder of the Chair in Modern Jewish Thought at Jews College, London and subsequently became Principal of the College. In 1991 he was appointed Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. In 1990 he delivered the Reith Lectures on the theme of The Persistence of Faith. The arguments presented in his Cook lectures are further developed in The Politics of Hope (1997). Stewart Sutherland (Lord Sutherland of Houndwood) has been Principal of King's College London, Vice-Chancellor of London University, HM Chief Inspector of Schools, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. He is also President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Chairman of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He was formerly editor of Religious Studies and co-edited The Philosophical Frontiers of Christian Theology (1982). Mary Warnock (Baroness Warnock of Weeke in the City of Winchester) was formerly Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge and Headmistress of Oxford High School.
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