ERIC Number: EJ884016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Educating Moral Emotions or Moral Selves: A False Dichotomy?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v42 n4 p397-409 Jun 2010
In the post-Kohlbergian era of moral education, a "moral gap" has been identified between moral cognition and moral action. Contemporary moral psychologists lock horns over how this gap might be bridged. The two main contenders for such bridge-building are moral emotions and moral selves. I explore these two options from an Aristotelian perspective. The moral-self solution relies upon an anti-realist conception of the self as "identity", and I dissect its limitations. In its stead, I propose a Humean conception of the moral self which preserves Aristotelian insights into the difference between self and identity, yet remains closer to modern sensitivities. According to such a conception, the moral-self versus moral-emotions dichotomy turns out to be illusory. Finally, I show some of the practical implications of this conception for moral education.
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Psychologists, Moral Development, Self Concept, Emotional Development, Values Education, Moral Values, Educational Philosophy, Cognitive Processes
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