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Philosophical Discussion in Moral Education

The Community of Ethical Inquiry

By Tim Sprod

© 2001 – Routledge

244 pages

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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.


'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

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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Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / Vocational Guidance