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ERIC Number: EJ786678
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
What Is Common about Common Schooling? Rational Autonomy and Moral Agency in Liberal Democratic Education
Alexander, Hanan
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n4 p609-624 Nov 2007
In this essay I critique two influential accounts of rational autonomy in common schooling that conceive liberalism as an ideal form of life, and I offer an alternative approach to democratic education that views liberal theory as concerned with coexistence among rival ways of living. This view places moral agency, not rational autonomy, at the heart of schooling in liberal societies--a moral agency grounded in initiation into dynamic traditions that enable self-definition and are accompanied by exposure to life-paths other than one's own. This alternative challenges the tendency in large diverse democracies (such as those of the US and the UK) to prefer common to particularistic schools, thereby placing many types of faith and secular schools on a more equal footing and providing moral justification for education in the national cultures of small liberal republics (such as Denmark, Israel and Lithuania) that maintain special relationships to particular groups while acknowledging the rights of all citizens. I call this approach the pedagogy of difference.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark; Israel; Lithuania