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Education's EpistemologyRationality, Diversity, and Critical Thinking$
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Harvey Siegel

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190682675

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190682675.001.0001

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The Role of Reasons in Moral Education

The Role of Reasons in Moral Education

(p.76) 6 The Role of Reasons in Moral Education
Education's Epistemology

Harvey Siegel

Oxford University Press

Does critical thinking play a role in moral education? If so, what might the role of critical thinking, and in particular, the quest for and critical evaluation of reasons, play in moral education? This chapter explores the role of reasons—considerations that purport to support candidate beliefs, judgments, and actions—in moral education. It considers reasons as they relate to six proposed aims of moral education—the moral improvement of student actions, beliefs, thinking/reasoning, habits, character, and sentiments—and argues that reasons can and do play roles, albeit of varying and somewhat indeterminate strengths, in the promulgation of all six of these aims.

Keywords:   action, belief, character, critical thinking, habits, moral education, reasons, sentiments, support

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