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ERIC Number: EJ1148739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
The Problem of Rational Moral Enlistment
Tillson, John
Theory and Research in Education, v15 n2 p165-181 Jul 2017
How can one bring children to recognize the requirements of morality without resorting only to non-rational means of persuasion (i.e. what rational ground can be offered to children for their moral enlistment)? Michael Hand has recently defended a foundationalist approach to answering this question and John White has responded by (a) criticizing Hand's solution to the Problem of Rational Moral Enlistment, and (b) attempting to circumvent the problem by suggesting a Humean route which understands moral enlistment as grounded in sentiment. While I do not accept Hand's preferred solution to the Problem of Rational Moral Enlistment, I am also unpersuaded by White's attempt to circumvent it. Instead, making use of work by Ben Spiecker and Jan Steutel, I attempt a different solution to the Problem of Rational Moral Enlistment--one appealing to reflective equilibrium rather than to ethical foundationalism as Hand's does. Whereas Hand hopes to ground rational moral enlistment in a single, self-evident foundational justification of some moral standards, I instead hope to facilitate rational moral enlistment through a rational procedure which starts with students' existing moral commitments and attempts to revise or expand them through a certain kind of critical reflection.
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Language: English
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