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ERIC Number: EJ851931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
"Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better": Dialectical Argument in Philosophy of Education
Vokey, Daniel
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v43 n3 p339-355 Jul 2009
Drawing upon my critical appropriation of Alasdair MacIntyre's account of the rationality of traditions, I undertake to explain and demonstrate how the competing conceptual frameworks of distinct traditions of educational inquiry and practice can be assessed through dialectical argument. To illustrate the "method" of dialectic, I argue that the set of metaethical commitments I call "the ethics of transcendent virtue" has important advantages for teaching courses in professional ethics over the "constructivist-postmodern-moral-pragmatism" informing Robert J. Nash's text "Real world" Ethics: Frameworks for Educators and Human Service Professionals. I conclude with reflections upon the conditions under which dialectical encounters among proponents of different conceptual schemes are likely to be productive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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