Essays on Religion and Education / Edition 1

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R. M. Hare is one of the most widely discussed of today's moral philosophers. In this volume he has collected his most important essays in the related fields of religion and education, some newly published and others now inaccessible. The book starts with an exposition of his ideas on the meaning of religious language. There follow several essays, theoretical and practical, on the relations between religion and morality, which have deep implications for moral education. The central question addressed in the rest of the volume is how children can be educated to think for themselves, freely but rationally, about moral questions, and the effects on society of failure to achieve this. Professor Hare argues that those who want to dispense with morality are in effect resigning from a vital educational task. Attitudes to euthanasia and to equality of educational opportunity are taken as examples of how our thinking can go wrong.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198249979
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Simple Believer 1
Appendix: Theology and Falsification 37
2 Religion and Morals 40
3 Are there Moral Authorities? 56
4 Euthanasia: A Christian View 72
5 How did Morality Get a Bad Name? 86
6 Satanism and Nihilism 98
7 Adolescents into Adults 113
8 Autonomy as an Educational Ideal 131
9 Value Education in a Pluralist Society: A Philosophical Glance at the Humanities Curriculum Project 137
10 Language and Moral Education 154
Appendix: Rejoinder to G. J. Warnock 173
11 Platonism in Moral Education: Two Varieties 178
12 Why Moral Language? 191
13 Opportunity for What? Some Remarks on Current Disputes about Equality in Education 212
References and Bibliography 229
Index 235
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