Understanding the Purpose and Drift of Contemporary Cultures

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Dr. Iain Benson attacks the use of “values language” in contemporary culture and education, and explains its connection to exalting means, forgetting ends, and subjectivising moral truth.

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In this podcast:
  • 1:45: “Values” language and the muscling out of morality.
  • 5:15: Who noticed the removal of morality from our language?
  • 7:36: Values as “language of preference”
  • 9:46: “The red book”: Giving Voice to Values.
  • 12:36: The difference between techne and telos. Means have swallowed the ends, specifically in tertiary education.
  • 19:27: Why Giving Voice to Values is disastrous. The attempt to absolutely subjectivise moral truth.
    • 24:15: The meaning of value. Exalting the will and individual over virtue and community.
    • 27:52: “Values” is a meaningless word.
  • 29:36: Alasdair MacIntyre and emotivism.
  • 31:58: There exists a long list of critics of values language, but it is currently used by some in the Catholic Church.
  • 33:19: John Stuart Mill and the expiry of the word “values”.

This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2017 Colloquium on the theme “Liberal Education: Restoring the Notion of Education as the Basis for Living the Good Life”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.

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