The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil

The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil

by James Davison Hunter
ISBN-10:
0465031773
ISBN-13:
9780465031771
Pub. Date:
06/28/2001
Publisher:
Basic Books
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Overview

The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil


The Death of Character is a broad historical, sociological, and cultural inquiry into the moral life and moral education of young Americans based upon a huge empirical study of the children themselves. The children's thoughts and concerns-expressed here in their own words-shed a whole new light on what we can expect from moral education. Targeting new theories of education and the prominence of psychology over moral instruction, Hunter analyzes the making of a new cultural narcissism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465031771
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 660,116
Product dimensions: 0.76(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Postmortemxiii
Part One: Introduction
1 The Moral Lives of Children and the Moral Life of the
Nation3
2 Character and Culture15
Part Two: The Transformation of Moral Education
3 The Early Modern Regime and Its Transformation31
4 The Progressive Turn in Moral Education55
Excursus: The Crisis of Character ... That Isn't,79
5 The Psychological Regime81
6 The Neoclassical and Communitarian Backlash107
7 The Ambivalence Within Faith Communities129
Parting Observations: Moral Education and the Triumph
of the Therapeutic,146
Part Three: Unintended Consequences
8 The Impotence of Contemporary Moral Education151
Excursus: Moral Cultures and Their Consequences,157
9 Lessons in Subjectivism177
Part Four: Moral Education After the Death of God
10 Leading Children Beyond Good and Evil205
11 The Death of Character221
Postscript: Democracy and Moral Education,228
Notes233
Selected Bibliography297
Index309

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