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An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education

ISBN 9780415421034
Published August 29, 2007 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

This book presents and argues for a moral theory which draws on most of the major theoretical positions to some degree, but it also spells out the limits and boundaries of a moral theory. In doing so, it exposes a number of common confusions and misunderstandings about morality, and presents a strong argument for some indisputable truths in relation to the moral sphere.

Divided into four parts, the book covers the key issues within moral philosophy:

  • part one provides a lucid and powerful account of the nature and limits of moral theory, sharply distinguishing it from religion
  • part two outlines a positive moral theory by exploring the defining principles of morality and the reasons for being moral
  • part three distinguishes moral values from others such as ecological, health and safety and sexual values
  • part four is concerned with the implications of our moral understanding for moral education.

While this book concentrates on argument and ideas, a commentary to each chapter provides historical context and contemporary reference points. It will prove an invaluable resource for students of both Education and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding the Nature and Limits of Moral Theory  1. Integrity: A Shared Moral Value  2. Religion, Nature and Intuition as Possible Sources of Moral Truth  3. Some Distinctions and Some Mistakes  4. Rights and Procedures  Part 2: Outline of a Moral Theory  5. Principles that Define Morality  6. Reasons for Being Moral  7. Relativism  8. Second Order Principles  Part 3: Some Implications of the Moral Theory  9. Moral vs. Social, Ecological and Sexual Values  10. Moral vs. Health and Safety Values  Part 4: Moral Education  11. Moral Questions in Education  12. The Question of Moral Education  13. Forms of Moral Education

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