The Abolition of Value in the Classroom: Some Observations from the Language Arts

Ruth Lessl Shively and Thomas Lessl


C. S. Lewis once observed that instruction in language theory may inadvertently propagate an embedded doctrine of ethical subjectivism. Ruth Lessl Shively and Thomas Lessl consider how these philosophical issues may be addressed in the classroom. They offer some specific suggestions about how to teach the theory and merits of the objectivist alternative to ethical subjectivism and, more generally, how to help students to recognize the presence and importance of metaphysical assumptions in their studies. Ms. Shively formerly taught Political Science at Texas A&M University, and Mr. Lessl teaches Speech Communication at the University of Georgia.


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