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ERIC Number: EJ924419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Children and the Belief in a Just World
Kristjansson, Kristjan
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v23 n1 p41-60 Jan 2004
This essay subjects to philosophical scrutiny a well-known theory in social psychology, the theory of a belief in a just world ("BJW"-theory). What are the implications of the theory for moral philosophy, in general, and moral education/schooling, in particular? Should parents and teachers discourage or encourage children to believe in a just world, in the sense given to such a belief in this theory? The intricacies of "BJW"-theory are explored, with special emphasis on the strange case of "victim derogation." The author concludes that the theory remains, for various reasons, unilluminating, both morally and educationally, unless supplemented by normative and factual interpretative conditions. Some such conditions are suggested and discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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