Moral Education And The Liberal Arts

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Overview

Education shapes character, particularly through the liberal arts. This collection of essays explores the importance of moral education to the liberal arts and discusses how moral education fosters character development. The contributors examine the meaning of moral education, the rationale for promoting ethical values in an academic environment, and the conditions under which morality can best be taught. Though the text addresses philosophical issues, the essays focus on how the liberal arts institution can implement moral education to fulfill its objectives.

The volume begins with a thoughtful consideration of how the liberal arts can embrace moral concepts. The study then overviews the place of moral education and the humanities in the contemporary world. The following essays show how moral education influences character development and how moral pluralism functions in academic culture. The book closes with essays on business ethics and the liberal arts and on the moral commitments of teachers. College administrators and educational philosophers will find this work valuable and insightful.

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Meet the Author

MICHAEL H. MITIAS is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Possibility of Moral Education in the Liberal Arts by Michael H. Mitias

The Humanities, Moral Education, and the Contemporary World by Robert Ginsberg

Character Development In The Liberal Arts Student: Notes On An Ecological Perspective by Edwin B. Giventer

Moral Pluralism, Intellectual Virtue, and Academic Culture by James Gouinlock

The Moral Imagination and the Aesthetics of Human Existence by Thomas M. Alexander

Business Ethics and the Liberal Arts by Richard T. De George

The Humanities and an Ethics of Care by Betty A. Sichel

Ethical Thinking and the Liberal Arts Tradition by John J. Holder Jr.

Teachers Should Disclose Their Moral Commitments by Theodore G. Ammon

Selected Bibliography

Index

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