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ERIC Number: EJ903366
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Why Dissent Is a Vital Concept in Moral Education
McDonough, Graham P.
Journal of Moral Education, v39 n4 p421-436 Dec 2010
Moral education is concerned with depolarising the tension between loyalty and sedition, but little work has been done in the field to describe and map the territory between these poles. This paper proposes that the concept of "dissent" accomplishes this task and satisfies the need for a construct which describes the condition of "sitting apart from those one is a part of." Through a seven-part descriptive and prescriptive conceptual analysis it is revealed that this kind of "loyal disagreement" depends upon disagreeing within rigorous and desirable conceptions of franchise, shared history, contra-hegemony, ethical principles, reasonable heresy and a publicly pronounced attitude of persuasion. Through revealing dissent's conceptual complexity, this argument also demonstrates that such complexity is also, generally speaking, central to the aims of moral education insofar as these can be described as making correct judgements in the interests of maintaining social relationships. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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