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ERIC Number: EJ1087231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Working without Shame in International Educational Development? From Consequentialism to Casuistry
Bridges, David
Ethics and Education, v10 n3 p271-283 2015
The central question addressed in this paper is about the ethics of engaging with educational development in countries perceived as undemocratic or as failing to respect human rights. More particularly, it examines the nature of the arguments that are brought to bear on this issue. It suggests that these are essentially consequentialist in character and hence fall prey to many of the limitations of such consequentialism, including the unpredictability of what will unfold, the indeterminacy of the consequences and the complex balance sheet of (perhaps incommensurable) benefits and loss that might be anticipated. The paper also suggests some unease about the way judgements of the acceptability or otherwise of political processes are made across international boundaries and the presumptions of a "democratic" western perspective. The observation of these complexities of principle and fact take the argument into the territory of case-based ethical judgement and the world of casuistry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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