Virtues and Virtue Education in Theory and Practice explores questions about the locality versus the universality of virtues from a number of theoretical and practical perspectives. Written by leading international scholars in the field, it considers the relevance of these debates for the practice of virtue and character education.
This volume brings together experts from education, philosophy, and psychology to consider how different disciplines might learn from each other and how insights from theory and practice can be integrated. It shows that questions about virtue relativity or universality have not only theoretical significance but also important practical ramifications. The chapters explore different complexities of virtue ethics and different approaches to nurturing virtue and beyond, questioning how well virtues travel across geographical and cultural borders.
By examining the philosophical literature and making links between theory and practice in an original way, the book offers scholarly research-informed suggestions for practice. It will be of great interest to researchers and academics and students in educational philosophy, character education, ethics, and psychology.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Volume
Section One: Philosophical Issues
Chapter 1: Moral Relativism and Virtue
Chapter 2: Meeting the Challenges to the Universality of Virtue
Chapter 3: Socratic Piety and the Universality of Virtue
Chapter 4: Evaluative Attitudes as the Motivational Structures of Ethical Virtues
Chapter 5: The Essential Sociality of Aristotelian Virtue
Chapter 6: Neo-Aristotelianism, the Universality of Virtues, and the Challenge of Germline Genome Editing
Nancy E. Snow
Section Two: Psychological Issues
Chapter 7: Morality as a Basic Psychological Need: Preliminary Evidence.
Eranda Jayawickreme, Mike Prentice & William Fleeson
Chapter 8: Virtue and the Specificity Principle: An Integrative Approach to Understanding Character.
Elise D. Murray & Jonathan M. Tirrell
Chapter 9: Diversity, Deviance, and Virtue within Imperfect Moral Communities.
Jennifer Cole Wright
Section Three: Practical and Educational Issues
Chapter 10: Educating Virtues in a Plural World: MacIntyre, Williams, and Nussbum on Moral Education
Chapter 11: Education and Upbringing in a Superdiverse Society: On the Cultivation of the Double Gaze
Doret de Ruyter
Chapter 12: Between the Local and Global: Placing the Virtuous Professional Practitioner in Context
Chapter 13: Social Work in a Pluralistic Society—Realising the Universal Claim of Phronesis
Dieter Weber & Heidrun Wulfekühler
Chapter 14: Local Virtues: The Case of the Circus
Ron Beadle & Angus Robson
Chapter 15: Confucian Virtue Ethics and Confucian Character EducationYi-Lin Chen
Catherine A. Darnell is a Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Kristján Kristjánsson is Professor of Character Education and Virtue Ethics at the University of Birmingham, UK.