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ERIC Number: EJ925034
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0305-7240
Can Virtue Be Taught and How? Confucius on the Paradox of Moral Education
Huang, Yong
Journal of Moral Education, v40 n2 p141-159 2011
In this paper I shall first examine an apparent paradox in Confucius' view on whether everyone is perfectible through education: on the one hand, he states that education should be provided to all, on the other hand, he says that common people cannot be made to know things. To understand this apparent paradox, I shall argue that education for Confucius is primarily moral education, as he teaches his students to become virtuous persons. So the apparent paradox is really one about whether virtue can be taught. I shall argue in the last section that while Confucius' answer to the question is affirmative, he does not think that virtue can be taught in the same way as theoretical knowledge or technical skills are taught. For Confucius, the most effective way to teach people to be virtuous is through personal example. (Contains 16 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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