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ERIC Number: EJ870002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Mutual Respect and Civic Education
Bird, Colin
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v42 n1 p112-128 Feb 2010
Contemporary theories of civic education frequently appeal to an ideal of mutual respect in the context of ethical, ethical and religious disagreement. This paper critically examines two recently popular criticisms of this ideal. The first, coming from a postmodern direction, charges that the ideal is hypocritical in its effort to be maximally impartial and fair. The second, which I associate with such "new atheists" as Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins, argues that notions of mutual respect pose a threat to such basic goals of education as the cultivation of critical thinking.
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Language: English
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