Men Without Chests: The Dangers of a Values Free Education


by
Louis Markos June 7, 2013


Presented at:
SCL Conference 2013

ABSTRACT:

In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis discusses what happens when society abandons its duty to educate its children in accordance with fixed moral/ethical standards (the Tao). After defining and defending Lewis’s concept of the Tao, and tracing how a values-free approach to education kills virtue, wonder, and courage, I will conclude with a look at three literary works that offer dark prophecies similar to those of Lewis: Dickens’ Hard Times, Aristophanes’ The Clouds, and Dante’s Inferno


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Classical Education Lewis Literature Morals


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Louis Markos
Louis Markos holds a BA in English and History from Colgate University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he teaches courses on British Romantic and Victorian Poetry and Prose, the Classics, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, and Film.

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