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Philosophical Discussion in Moral Education
The Community of Ethical Inquiry

ISBN 9780415758406
Published April 24, 2014 by Routledge

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In recent years there has been an increase in the number of calls for moral education to receive greater public attention. In our pluralist society, however, it is difficult to find agreement on what exactly moral education requires. Philosophical Discussion in Moral Education develops a detailed philosophical defence of the claim that teachers should engage students in ethical discussions to promote moral competence and strengthen moral character. Paying particular attention to the teacher's role, this book highlights the justification for, and methods of, creating a classroom community of ethical inquiry.

Table of Contents

Introduction: as morning shows the day
Part I: Reason and Autonomy
1. The ethical agent and reasonableness
2. The ethical agent and autonomy
3. Pedagogic action and the development of autonomy
Part II: Moral Theory and Moral Development
4. A target for moral education
5. Discourse ethics
6. A meta-ethics for an ethical education program
Part III: Discourse and Ethics in the Classroom
7. Introducing the community of inquiry
8. Development and the community of inquiry
9. At the chalkface

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'For a forthright, critical and thorough account of Habermas's theory of communicative action and discourse ethics, I highly recommend Sprod's. It is the best, certainly the clearest, explication I have come across.' - Clive Lindop, Critical & Creative Thinking