On the contribution of literature and the arts to the educational cultivation of moral virtue, feeling and emotion
Carr, D. (2005). On the contribution of literature and the arts to the educational cultivation of moral virtue, feeling and emotion. Journal of Moral Education, 34 (2): 137-51.
Abstract: This paper sets out to explore connections between a number of
plausible claims concerning education in general and moral education in
particular: (i) that education is a matter of broad cultural initiation
rather than narrow academic or vocational training; (ii) that any
education so conceived would have a key concern with the moral
dimensions of personal formation; (iii) that emotional growth is an
important part of such moral formation; and (iv) that literature and
other arts have an important part to play in such emotional education.
It is argued here that what is needed for a clear view of the moral
educational relevance of literature and the arts is a conception of
moral education that does justice to the interplay between the
cognitive and the affective in moral life, and that a non-relativist
Aristotelian ethics of virtue holds out the best prospect for such a
moral education of reason and feeling.
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