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ERIC Number: EJ1155193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Education in the Anthropocene: Ethico-Moral Dimensions and Critical Realist Openings
Olvitt, Lausanne Laura
Journal of Moral Education, v46 n4 p396-409 2017
Human-induced changes in planetary bio-geo-chemical processes have tipped earth into a newly-proposed geological epoch: the Anthropocene, which places moral and ethical demands on people regarding who should take responsibility for the well-being of people and planet, how, and why. Drawing generally on critical realist ontology, and more particularly on Roy Bhaskar's concept of the person as a "four-planar social being" living in the world as a laminated ontological whole, the article examines the dimensions of people's ethico-moral engagement with the Anthropocene and considers what types of learning processes might enable people to understand, live in, and co-create this period known as "the Anthropocene" in just, care-filled and--where necessary--transformative ways. The article points to the need for a radical re-orientation of education systems in the light of ethico-moral challenges that come to prominence in the Anthropocene, and argues for learning processes that nurture individual and collective moral agency through transformative, even transgressive, learning processes that are relational, humble, interdisciplinary, multi-perspectival, systemic, reality-congruent and contextually responsive.
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Language: English
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