Competition, contest and the possibility of egalitarian university education

Journal of Philosophy in Schools 6 (1):10-25 (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Competition and contest underpin academic life in many ways, not all of them constructive or valuable. In this paper I make a start on the task of distinguishing valuable academic competition from its opposite and suggest reforms of academic institutions that would diminish the prevalence of destructive competition and approach more nearly the egalitarian goal of treating all members of the academic community—especially, but not only, students—as equally valued and equally deserving of respect. To do this, I develop a distinction between two kinds of competition: tender competition and rank competition. I analyse the illusion of meritocracy in terms of them. My principal recommendation for university pedagogical practice is to eliminate grading of student work and replace grading systems with a system of demanding pass/fail assessments.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,386

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Nietzsche, competition and athletic ability.Melinda Rosenberg - 2008 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 2 (3):274 – 284.
The social modes of men.Lars Rodseth & Shannon A. Novak - 2000 - Human Nature 11 (4):335-366.
Contest, Competition, and Metaphor.David Shields & Brenda Bredemeier - 2011 - Journal of the Philosophy of Sport 38 (1):27-38.
Setting Our Sights On Sites.Daniel R. Gilbert - 2009 - Journal for Peace and Justice Studies 19 (2):58-85.
Nietzsche's early political thinking: "Homer on competition".Timothy H. Wilson - 2005 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 9 (1).
Egalitarianism: Is leximin the only option?Bertil Tungodden - 2000 - Economics and Philosophy 16 (2):229-245.
Revisiting the liberal and vocational dimensions of university education.David Carr - 2009 - British Journal of Educational Studies 57 (1):1-17.
Education, Sufficiency, and the Relational Egalitarian Ideal.Kirsty Macfarlane - 2016 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 35 (4):759-774.

Analytics

Added to PP
2019-05-14

Downloads
24 (#639,942)

6 months
12 (#200,125)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Damian Cox
Bond University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

What is equality? Part 1: Equality of welfare.Ronald Dworkin - 1981 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (3):185-246.
Principles of Social Justice.David Miller - 2002 - Political Theory 30 (5):754-759.
Principles of Social Justice.David Miller - 2001 - Harvard University Press.

View all 7 references / Add more references