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Debating Moral Education : Rethinking the Role of the Modern University



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After decades of marginalization in the secularized twentieth-century academy, moral education has enjoyed a recent resurgence in American higher education, with the establishment of over one hundred ethics centres and programs on campuses across the country. Yet the idea that the university has a civic responsibility to teach its undergraduate students ethics and morality has been met with scepticism, suspicion, and even outright rejection from both inside and outside the academy. In this collection, renowned scholars of philosophy, politics, and religion debate the role of ethics in the university, investigating whether universities should proactively cultivate morality and ethics, what teaching ethics entails, and what moral education should accomplish. The essays quickly open up to broader questions regarding the very purpose of a university education in modern society. Editors Elizabeth Kiss and Peter Euben survey the history of ethics in higher education, then engage with recent writings of Stanley Fish that provoke by arguing that universities should not be involved in moral education. Stanley Hauerwas responds, offering a theological perspective on the university's purpose. Contributors look at the place of politics in moral education; suggest that increasingly diverse, multicultural student bodies are resources for the teaching of ethics; and show how the debate over civic education in public grade schools provides valuable lessons for higher education. Others reflect on the virtues and character traits that a moral education should foster in students-such as honesty, tolerance, and integrity-and the ways that ethical training formally and informally happens on campuses today, from the classroom to the basketball court.Debating Moral Educationis a critical contribution to the ongoing discussion of the role and evolution of ethics education in the modern liberal arts university.Contributors:James Bernard Murphy; Lawrence Blum; Romand Coles; J. Peter Euben ; Stanley Fish; Michael Allen Gillespie; Ruth W. Grant; Stanley Hauerwas; David A Hoekema; Elizabeth Kiss; Patchen Markell; Susan McWilliams; Wilson Carey McWilliams; J. Donald Moon; Julie Reuben; Elizabeth V. Spelman; George Shulman

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Why the Return to Ethics? Why Now?p. 1
Debating Moral Education: An Introduction: Elizabeth Kissp. 3
The Changing Contours of Moral Education in American Colleges and Universitiesp. 27
What Are Universities For?p. 55
Aim High: A Response to Stanley Fishp. 57
I Know it When I See it: A Reply to Kiss And Eubenp. 76
The Pathos of The University: The Case of Stanley Fishp. 92
On The Distribution of Moral Badges: A Few Worriesp. 111
The Politics and Ethics of Higher Educationp. 123
Pluralism and the Education of The Spiritp. 125
Multiculturalism and Moral Educationp. 140
Against Civic Education in Schoolsp. 162
Education, Independence, and Acknowledgmentp. 186
The Power of Moralityp. 206
Hunger, Ethics, and the University: A Radical Democratic Goad in Ten Piecesp. 223
Which Virtues? Whose Character?p. 247
Is There an Ethicist in the House? How Can We Tell?p. 249
The Possibility of Moral Education in the University Todayp. 267
Is Humanistic Education Humanizing?p. 283
Players and Spectators: Sports And Ethical Training in the American Universityp. 296
Bibliographyp. 317
Contributorsp. 337
Indexp. 341
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