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The Moral and Political Status of Children$
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David Archard and Colin M. Macleod

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199242689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199242682.001.0001

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Answering Susan: Liberalism, Civic Education, and the Status of Younger Persons

Answering Susan: Liberalism, Civic Education, and the Status of Younger Persons

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(p.160) 9 Answering Susan: Liberalism, Civic Education, and the Status of Younger Persons
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The Moral and Political Status of Children
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Joe Coleman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199242682.003.0009

While young children lack the moral powers that Rawls calls a conception of the good and a sense of justice, psychological data show that adolescents are closer to adults in this respect. The idea that civic education should be compulsory for younger person but not for adults cannot be justified by appeal to the supposed incapacities of the former. A more democratic ’participation‐oriented’ approach to the civic education of the young is more appropriate than an ’authority‐oriented’ approach. Such an approach is a requirement that flows from according younger persons the respect that justice requires.

Keywords:   adolescents, authority, civic education, conception of the good, justice, moral powers, participation, John Rawls

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