ERIC Number: ED166078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Search for a Value Consensus. Working Papers.
Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
These papers by four social scientists were prepared for a conference to analyze the current absence of a value consensus in American life and to examine grounds for a consensus. Further, the contribution of education and the media to the shaping and dissemination of values is explored. Kenneth Boulding contends that underlying moral diversity is a "constitutional consensus," or agreement about the legitimacy of processes by which differing values are coordinated. A greater tolerance of diversity develops as the constitutional consensus becomes more secure. Robert N. Bellah suggests that the dominance of "liberal individualism" accounts for the current loss of moral consensus. Marvin Bressler examines the role of the university and notes that the components of scholarly investigation (integrity, open-mindedness, humility, communalism, accountability) may aid in defining the moral functions of undergraduate education. William Miller points out the all-pervasiveness of television, which is not morally neutral, but rather an "enormously powerful phenomenon. . . about which society needs to make conscious social decisions." He emphasizes that the primary purpose of television is to deliver people to advertisers and that content is a secondary consideration. Miller concludes, however, that television justifies itself in its coverage of public events. A summary of discussions following the speeches is included. (KC)
Descriptors: American Culture, Attitude Change, Beliefs, College Role, Egocentrism, Ethics, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Individualism, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Popular Culture, Social Influences, Social Problems, Social Sciences, Social Values, Television Viewing, Trend Analysis, Values
Publication Office, The Rockefeller Foundation, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036 (free)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: Papers presented at the Rockefeller Foundation Conference (New York, New York, March 28-29, 1978)