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Illusions Of Equality International Library Of The Philosophy Of Education Volume 7

Author: David Cooper
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135171165
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Educational policy and discussion, in Britain and the USA, are increasingly dominated by the confused ideology of egalitarianism. David E. Cooper begins by identifying the principles hidden among the confusions, and argues that these necessarily conflict with the ideal of educational excellence - in which conflict it is this ideal that must be preserved. He goes on to criticize the use of education as a tool for promoting wider social equality, focussing especially on the muddles surrounding 'equal opportunities', 'social mix' and 'reverse discrimination'. Further chapters criticize the 'new egalitarianism' favoured, on epistemological grounds, by various sociologists of knowledge in recent years and 'cultural egalitarianism' according to which standard criteria of educational value merely reflect parochial and economic interests.

John Dewey Reconsidered International Library Of The Philosophy Of Education Volume 19

Author: R.S. Peters
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135170339
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The collection presents Dewey's views on such topics as the theory of knowledge, interests, language and expereince, the self in action, democracy and education and the philosophy of education. It also critically evaluates Dewey's thought with a view to making explicit what is acceptable and unacceptable in it to contemporary thinkers.

The Illusions Of Egalitarianism

Author: John Kekes
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801473395
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In this systematic and scathing attack on the dominant contemporary version of liberalism, John Kekes challenges political assumptions shared by the majority of people in Western societies. Egalitarianism, as it's widely known, holds that a government ought to treat all citizens with equal consideration. Kekes charges that belief in egalitarianism rests on illusions that prevent people from facing unpleasant truths.Kekes, a major voice in modern political thought, argues that differences among human beings in the areas of morality, reasonability, legality, and citizenship are too important for governance to ignore. In a rigorous criticism of prominent egalitarian thinkers, including Dworkin, Nagel, Nussbaum, Rawls, Raz, and Singer, Kekes charges that their views present a serious threat to both morality and reason. For Kekes, certain "inegalitarian truths" are obvious: people should get what they deserve, those who are good and those who are evil should not be treated as if they had the same moral worth, people should not be denied what they have earned in order to benefit those who have not earned it, and individuals should be held responsible for their actions. His provocative book will compel many readers to question their faith in liberalism.

The Science Of Illusions

Author: Jacques Ninio
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801437700
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A specialist in visual perception, Ninio (Centre National des Recherches Scientifiques, Paris) presents many classic and new illusions, explains the underlying logic of the various types, and suggests their value for neurological and physiological research. He does not provide an index. La Science d