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ERIC Number: EJ786651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
"Lookism", Common Schools, Respect and Democracy
Davis, Andrew
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n4 p811-827 Nov 2007
The Common School should promote a sense of the distinctive worth of all human beings. How is the respect thus owed to every individual to be properly understood? This familiar question is explored by discussing "lookism", a form of discrimination on the grounds of appearance. The treatment is located within a wider analysis of stereotyping. Ultimately stereotyping overlooks persons as sources of actions with moral significance and as potential owners of moral virtues. The Common School could profitably approach traditionally emotive issues such as racism indirectly by helping students to understand in some depth how "lookist" attitudes deny agency. It could then encourage students to apply these insights to traditional forms of discrimination.
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Language: English
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