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ERIC Number: ED109001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 22
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Politics as Education: The Foundations of the Morally Legitimate State.
Crockenberg, Vincent
The author argues that education should be the end and aim of politics. Further, he argues that in order for a state to be morally legitimate it must provide social and political conditions that promote and further human education and development and concludes with a practical intimation of this principle. Traditional liberal political theory arranges institutions and society in such a way that self-interested men, gathered together into opposing factions, could be prevented from harming each other. However, state authority can be made compatible with individual autonomy only if authority is exercised on behalf of securing the political conditions that enable men to take responsibility for their actions and thereby to become morally autonomous. Wherever possible, regimes based upon limiting power to prevent its being abused should be replaced with regimes grounded in the full moral and intellectual participation of individual persons in political affairs. One practical example of this principle can be applied to the jury system. Juries must be given the duty to decide upon evidence presented to it and whether the law which was broken is morally legitimate in an individual situation. In order to promote consistencies among jury verdicts, the state must provide social and political conditions whereby people of differing opinions may communicate in an attempt to overcome their differences and build greater human understanding. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society (31st, Kansas City, Missouri, March 22-25, 1975)