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ERIC Number: EJ811124
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Critical Thinking, Education, and Postmodernity: Possibilities and Limitations for Moral Education
Kwak, Duck-Joo
Asia Pacific Education Review, v9 n2 p127-135 Apr 2008
The contemporary educational discourse on critical thinking, as one of the primary aims of education, has been divided into the spheres of modernist defense and post-modernist criticism. Critical of both positions, this paper attempts to find a new way of employing critical thinking, especially for the purposes of moral education, by drawing on Bernard William's concept of "ethical reflection." It will be shown that employing critical thinking for the fostering of ethical reflection in our young students can lead them into an "understanding" of ethical, rather than "ethical knowledge," which enables them to properly deal with moral relativism in a culturally pluralistic society. This paper then explores the educational possibilities presented by Socrates' teaching method as an example of this employment, though not without consideration of the attendant educational limitations and dangers. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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