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ERIC Number: EJ865645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Putting Emotion into the Self: A Response to the 2008 "Journal of Moral Education" Special Issue on Moral Functioning
Kristjansson, Kristjan
Journal of Moral Education, v38 n3 p255-270 Sep 2009
This paper takes as its starting point the Journal of Moral Education Special Issue (September, 2008, 37[3]) "Towards an integrated model of moral reasoning". Although explicitly post-Kohlbergian, the authors in this Special Issue do not, I argue, depart far enough from Kohlberg's impoverished notion of the role of the affective in moral life--or when they do so depart, they incorporate emotions as mere intuitive thrusts in an essentially polarised two-system view of the moral self. Prior to that complaint, I sketch an account of two contrasting self-paradigms: a "dominant" cognitive, anti-realist (constructivist) paradigm and an "alternative" realist and emotion-based one. I explore the implications of the latter paradigm, which I endorse, for our understanding of the "emotional self": a self imbued with and constituted by (potentially rationally grounded) emotions. I finally contrast that understanding with the one permeating the Special Issue and elicit some educational implications of the alternative paradigm. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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