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      The language of higher education

      London Review of Education

      IOE Press

      LANGUAGE, EPISTEMOLOGY, ABSTRACTION, MANAGERIALISM, AUTHORITARIAN, DISCOURSE

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          Rhetoric, or persuasion, was recognised in classical times both as central to education and as dangerous when misused. Since the time of Kant, a feature of western thinking has been the creation of a special language to accompany a special idea. Making language prior to or separate from its referents is of its nature an authoritarian activity. The managerialist language which surrounds us today threatens to reduce higher education to a managerialist endeavour, to replace conversation in the discipline with empty managerialist phrases, and to disguise the commonplace in jargon. These are anti-educational manifestations which should be resisted.

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          London Review of Education
          IOE Press
          1474-8460
          01 July 2008
          : 6
          : 2
          : 111-123
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          1474-8460(20080701)6:2L.111;1- s2.phd /ioep/clre/2008/00000006/00000002/art00002
          10.1080/14748460802185029
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