Professor Michael Hand - Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Locations
G15 Muirhead Ground Floor Building R21
Category
Social Sciences
Date(s)
Wednesday 15th January 2014 (16:30-17:30)
Download
Add to Calendar
Description

Towards a theory of moral education

inaugural-3

Please register for this event using our online registration form.

A central problem for moral education is the tension between two thoughts widely entertained by parents, teachers and educational theorists. The first thought is that morality must be learned: children must come to see what morality requires of them and acquire the motivation to submit to its authority. The second thought is that morality is controversial: there is deep uncertainty about both the requirements of morality and the reasons to comply with them. The tension between these thoughts is not hard to discern. The former seems to demand that children are educated in morality; the latter seems to prohibit it. Unless we teach children to subscribe to moral standards, there is no reason to expect that they will come to do so; but to engage in such teaching in the face of controversy about the content and justification of morality appears tantamount to indoctrination. In this lecture I propose a solution to this problem.

Please register for this event using our online registration form.