THE IMPLICATIONS OF A DENIAL OF TRUTH--OR THE CLAIM TO HAVE IT
Are we like little boats, anchors adrift with no steering, no meaning and no purpose?
Little groups of boats get together and anchor to any bit of flotsam and hang onto it and say 'This is it'.
In Countless classrooms around the Western World, young people are taught tolerance, openness to alternative perspectives, to value themselves and their own views and to accept and revel in diversity. All this is praiseworthy, but it carries with it a very real danger which seems clearly at work within society. There is a radical relativism amongst many young people who have in some cases come to see truth as a dirty word. This radical relativism is no accident. The intellectual origins are the result of a long philosophic process, not least the impact of post-modernism which sees truth in all fields as radically perspectival and the search for any ultimate truth as folly.
In this book I want to try to defend the search for truth and, by implication, the claim that in the field of education there is a need to reintroduce a curriculum which takes the search for truth seriously. Unless there is truth to be sought, the distinction between truth and untruth becomes meaningless. That which is generally accepted is taken as real and true, and the idea of what is ultimately real becomes a chimera. This is highly dangerous politically, philosophically, socially, environmentally and personally. In the absence of a search for truth, the most powerful influence on young