An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2007-08-29
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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 1 provides a lucid and powerful account of the nature and limits of moral theory, sharply distinguishing it from religion Part 2 outlines a positive moral theory by exploring the defining principles of morality and the reasons for being moral Part 3 distinguishes moral values from others such as ecological, health and safety and sexual values Part 4 is concerned with the implications of our moral understanding for moral education While this book concentrateson 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

Understanding the Nature and Limits of Moral Theory
Integrity: A Shared Moral Value
Religion, Nature and Intuition as Possible Sources of Moral Truth
Some Distinctions and Some Mistakes
Rights and Procedures
Outline of a Moral Theory
Principles that Define Morality
Reasons for Being Moral
Second Order Principles
Some Implications of the Moral Theory
Moral vs. Social, Ecological and Sexual Values
Moral vs. Health and Safety Values
Moral Education
Moral Questions in Education
The Question of Moral Education
Forms of Moral Education
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