Education in an Age of Nihilism

Author: Nigel Blake
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136370110
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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.

Education Philosophy and Politics

Author: Michael A Peters
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136581901
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and/practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. Michael A. Peters has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in education. He has contributed over 60 books (authored, co-authored and edited) and 500 articles to the field. In Education, Philosophy and Politics, Michael A. Peters brings together 15 of his key writings in one place, including chapters from his best-selling books and articles from leading journals. Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of Michael's career and contextualises his selection, the essays are then arranged thematically to create a pathway of a way of thinking in philosophy of education which is forward looking but takes account of tradition and the past. The subjects of the chapters include; Wittgenstein Studies Philosophical Critique of Modernity French Poststructuralism Jean-Francois Lyotard Foucault & Deleuze Derrida American Pragmatism Rorty Cavell Philosophy and racism Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that Michael A. Peters has written about for over three decades and clearly see his important contribution to the field of education.

The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Education

Author: Nigel Blake
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470997184
Format: PDF
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In this important survey, an international group of leading philosophers chart the development of philosophy of education in the twentieth century and point to signficant questions for its future. Presents a definitive introduction to the core areas of philosophy of education. Contains 20 newly-commissioned articles, all of which are written by internationally distinguished scholars. Each chapter reviews a problem, examines the current state of the discipline with respect to the topic, and discusses possible futures of the field. Provides a solid foundation for further study.

Teaching Right and Wrong

Author: Richard Smith
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC.
ISBN: 9781858560847
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This book addresses key issues in moral education with a detailed analysis of recent academic literature on the topic with careful rebuttals and counter-arguments presented. The purpose of the book is to deepen discussion on the topic of moral education and its place in the society. The contributing authors present a focus for discussion and reasoned debate. Chapters include: (1) "Shared Values in a Pluralist Society?" (Marianne Talbot; Nick Tate); (2) "Three Proposals and a Rejection" (John White); (3) "Can Education Be Moral?" (Mary Midgley); (4) "Fabulously Absolute" (Paul Standish); (5) "The Spirit of Moral Education -- Or What, Subject of My Will, You Will" (Tony Skillen); (6) "A Moral Fix" (Carole Cox); and (7) "Innate Morality: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Moral Education" (Michael Rustin). (EH)

Power Nihilism A Case for Moral Political Nihilism

Author: James Theodore Stillwell III
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1387253638
Format: PDF
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Within this text James Theodore Stillwell III extracts thought strands from profound thinkers such as Hume, Nietzsche, Kant A.J. Ayer, C.L. Stevenson, J. L. Mackie, Ragnar RedBeard, Peter SjsstedtNH and interweaves them into a meta ethical tapestry that is a liberatingNbrutally honest red pill. Mixing non cognitivism, error theory, with projectivism, Stillwell puts forth a kind of moral nihilism (Power-Nihilism) that dispenses with both secular and theistic forms of moral realism. In the final chapter James articulates his qualified form of political nihilism and critiques such concepts as "Natural law" and "Natural Rights" along with a few other pivotal concepts within political theory. This book also covers such topics as the will to power, slave morality, bad conscience, the on going destruction of Western civilization, radical individualism, collectivism, egalitarianism, hierarchy and much more...

Anti education

Author: Frederich Nietzsche
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 1590178947
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AN NYRB Classics Original In 1869, at the age of twenty-four, the precociously brilliant Friedrich Nietzsche was appointed to a professorship of classical philology at the University of Basel. He seemed marked for a successful and conventional academic career. Then the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the music of Wagner transformed his ambitions. The genius of such thinkers and makers--the kind of genius that had emerged in ancient Greece--this alone was the touchstone for true understanding. But how was education to serve genius, especially in a modern society marked more and more by an unholy alliance between academic specialization, mass-market journalism, and the militarized state? Something more than sturdy scholarship was called for. A new way of teaching and questioning, a new philosophy . . . What that new way might be was the question Nietzsche broached in five vivid, popular public lectures in Basel in 1872. Anti-Education presents a provocative and timely reckoning with what remains one of the central challenges of the modern world.

John Dewey and the Decline of American Education

Author: Henry Edmondson
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497648920
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The influence of John Dewey’s undeniably pervasive ideas on the course of American education during the last half-century has been celebrated in some quarters and decried in others. But Dewey’s writings themselves have not often been analyzed in a sustained way. In John Dewey and the Decline of American Education, Hank Edmondson takes up that task. He begins with an account of the startling authority with which Dewey’s fundamental principles have been—and continue to be—received within the U.S. educational establishment. Edmondson then shows how revolutionary these principles are in light of the classical and Christian traditions. Finally, he persuasively demonstrates that Dewey has had an insidious effect on American democracy through the baneful impact his core ideas have had in our nation’s classrooms. Few people are pleased with the performance of our public schools. Eschewing polemic in favor of understanding, Edmondson’s study of the “patron saint” of those schools sheds much-needed light on both the ideas that bear much responsibility for their decline and the alternative principles that could spur their recovery.