Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Gary Day, formerly principal lecturer in English, De Montfort University, is reading David Ellis' Frank Cioffi: The Philosopher in Shirt-Sleeves (Bloomsbury, 2015). "I remember Frank Cioffi vividly. He strode about the room, shaking his head and stroking his beard as he did battle with the likes of Goffman and Freud. He was courteous, eccentric and brilliant. Ellis writes of his friend with great affection and sometimes awe. An afterword by Nicholas Bunnin puts Cioffi's philosophy of concrete instances, never abstractions, in context."

Kathryn Ecclestone, professor of education, University of Sheffield, is reading Lindsay Paterson's Social Radicalism and Liberal Education (Imprint Academic, 2015). "A fascinating analysis that shows how the British liberal-Left gave up on aspirations for working-class access to liberal notions of knowledge as a means of emancipation. Instead, advocates of 'progressive' or 'radical' education replaced class history with case history and presented individual selfhood in the name of class consciousness, and cultural recognition in the name of social justice. It explains how, outside a dwindling social elite, education at all levels offers an increasingly instrumental vocational curriculum of endless 'skills'."

Stephen Halliday, senior member of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is reading David Macpherson's All Lies: A Story of the Portland Spies (CreateSpace/Kindle, 2014). …

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