Education in an Age of Nihilism

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Nigel Blake
Routledge/Falmer, 2000 - Education - 239 pages
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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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NIGEL BLAKE is Lecturer in Educational Technology at The Open University, Surrey, England.

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