ERIC Number: ED453133
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Publication Date: 2001-Apr
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Towards a Postmodern Theory of Moral Education. Part II: Mapping the Terrain (Zygmunt Bauman's Postmodern Ethics).
Biesta, Gert J. J.; Stams, Geert-Jan J. M.
The project of which this paper is a part consists of three steps. The first step (an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference 2000 paper subtitled "Clearing the Terrain") provided a critical overview of current debates on moral development and education, focusing on the relationship between empirical and theoretical research. The second step, including this paper, is meant to provide an overview of postmodern and poststructural approaches to ethics and morality. The third step will attempt to articulate a postmodern theory of moral education. This paper focuses on the ideas of Zygmunt Bauman and on his book "Postmodern Ethics." The paper explores Bauman's position to consider what his postmodern ethics is about and what it may have to offer the field of moral education. The major part of the paper consists of a systematic reconstruction of his ideas. It shows that one distinctive quality of Bauman's contribution to the overall discussion is that he connects (Levinasian) philosophy with a sociological analysis of modern society and its postmodern "moment." Although Bauman's work has a strong theoretical orientation, the combination of philosophy and sociology gives his writings a practical orientation that is helpful in thinking through the practical "implications" of his approach. The paper's conclusion focuses on what can be learned from Bauman's writings regarding four issues: (1) demarcation of the moral domain; (2) the gap between "is" and "ought," between facts and values; (3) moral motivation and moral action; and (4) moral relativism. Contains 21 references. (BT)
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