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ERIC Number: EJ845680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
The Do-Gooder, the Vain, the Generous, and Moral Education
Kristjansson, Kristjan
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v1 n3 p267-282 2006
The virtue of generosity--at least generosity in the context of world poverty--is conspicuously absent from most curricula in the field of moral education. This article explores generosity and its educational ramifications. I start by characterizing two types of persons who may seem to be generous but who do not really possess generosity as a stable character trait. I do so by dint of fictional characters from two well-known novels--Nick Hornby's "How to Be Good", and Albert Camus' "The Fall"--showing how the protagonists of both novels ("the do-gooder" and "the vain") fall short of true generosity. I then consider Aristotle's specification of generosity, and explain how Aristotle's generous person morally surpasses both character types. I finally address didactic issues--how to teach generosity--by highlighting the quasi-Aristotelian method of "service learning".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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