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ERIC Number: EJ1210430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Allegory and Ethical Education: Stories for People Who Know Too Many Stories
John, Eileen
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v52 n4 p642-659 Nov 2018
How can stories contribute to ethical education, when they reach people who have already been shaped by many stories, including ethically problematic ones? This question is pursued here by considering Plato's allegory of the cave, focusing on a reading of it offered by Jonathan Lear. Lear claims that the cave allegory aims to undermine its audience's inheritance of stories. I question the possibility and desirability of that project, especially in relation to ethical education. Some works of contemporary fiction by Jenny Erpenbeck and J. M. Coetzee are discussed as stories that use more complex strategies for ethically constructive engagement with story-saturated audiences.
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Language: English
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