ERIC Number: EJ1024004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Conversing on Ethics, Morality and Education
McGavin, P. A.
Journal of Moral Education, v42 n4 p494-511 2013
In philosophical use, "ethics" and "moral philosophy" are more closely synonymous--one deriving from Greek, "ethike" and the other from Latin "moralis." In typical social science paradigms, there generally prevails a consensual sense of contemporary everyday use of "ethics," except where earlier usage sustains discourse in terms of "morals"--as with "moral psychology." This article takes a recent publication in this journal by Patrick Welch to propose a "conversation" between theoretic and empirical approaches to ethics and morals. This is illustrated using works by Joseph Ratzinger to suggest a natural law approach that brings together premises and empirics in ethical and moral discourse and action. This kind of integration helps the discovery and owning of truth that is "not of one's own making". Such a synthetic approach is especially relevant to raising student identity with ethical/moral issues and in assisting their building of psychological structures and processes that support education in ethical/moral reasoning and action.
Descriptors: Philosophy, Ethics, Moral Values, Self Concept, Interdisciplinary Approach, Moral Issues, Epistemology, Ethical Instruction, World Views
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