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.
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.