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Men Without Chests: The Dangers of a Values Free Education

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