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ERIC Number: EJ1023998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
The Promises of Moral Foundations Theory
Musschenga, Bert
Journal of Moral Education, v42 n3 p330-345 2013
In this article I examine whether Moral Foundations Theory can fulfil the promises that Haidt claims for the theory: that it will help in developing new approaches to moral education and to the moral conflicts that divide our diverse society. I argue that, first, the model that Haidt suggests for understanding the plurality of moralities--a shared foundation underlying diverse moralities--does not help to overcome conflicts. A better understanding of the nature and background of moral conflicts can lead to a more respectful attitude towards people with conflicting views, but need not contribute to ending conflicts. Second, I show that pervasive moral conflicts should be dealt with on the level of politics. They require a morality of compromising. Third, I examine why this approach does not seem to work in the USA.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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