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ERIC Number: EJ1046398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 14
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ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Towards a Theory of Moral Education
Hand, Michael
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v48 n4 p519-532 Nov 2014
In this inaugural lecture, delivered at the University of Birmingham in January 2014, I sketch the outline of a theory of moral education. The theory is an attempt to resolve the tension between two thoughts widely entertained by teachers, policy-makers and the general public. The first thought is that morality must be learned: children must come to see what morality requires of them and acquire the motivation to submit to its authority. The second thought is that morality is controversial: there is deep uncertainty about both the requirements of morality and the reasons to comply with them. I draw distinctions between two kinds of moral education (moral formation and moral inquiry) and between two kinds of moral inquiry (directive and nondirective). I argue that some basic moral standards are robustly justified and that schools should promote subscription to these standards by means of both moral formation and directive moral inquiry.
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Language: English
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