A Revaluation of Values

Anthony Quinton

in Of Men and Manners

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694556
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731938 | DOI:
A Revaluation of Values

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Chapter 19 described various directions from which the high culture component of the traditional content of education is under attack. The canon of supposedly supreme works of literature, the intellectual values that are most concentratedly pursued in the higher theoretical disciplines, the linguistic skills needed for effective study of the canon and the higher disciplines are all repudiated from the point of view of a militant egalitarianism which seeks to undermine their respective claims to superiority as compared with rock videos, women's or gay studies, and the discourse of Derrida, Dave Spart, or Raymond Williams. This chapter takes a critical look at the objections raised against high culture. Before doing so, it first reflects on possible explanations for this violent cultural insurrection. Secondly, it considers what might be the consequences — for education and for culture, and, therefore, for the community at large — of the revolution's success.

Keywords: education; high culture; values; community

Chapter.  7943 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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