Kant's Contribution to Moral Education: The Relevance of Catechistics
Journal of Moral Education, Volume 39, Issue 2, pages 165 - 174.
By Chris W. Surprenant
Kant's deontological ethics, along with Aristotle's virtue ethics and
Mill's utilitarian ethics, is often identified as one of the three
primary moral options between which individuals can choose. Given the
importance of Kant's moral philosophy, it is surprising and
disappointing how little has been written on his important
contributions to moral education. Kant argues for a catechistic
approach to moral education. By memorising a series of moral questions
and answers, an individual learns the basic principles of morality in
the same way that Martin Luther believed an individual should learn the
tenets of Christianity. The difficulty, however, is that this approach
appears to violate a central tenet of Kantian morality: virtuous acts
must be performed out of respect for the moral law itself, not due to
habituation. This paper demonstrates Kant's significant contribution to
moral education by showing how a catechistic moral education
establishes the foundation necessary for autonomous action.
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