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Title: T.M. Scanlon on Meaning and Moral Permissibility
Subtitle: Limitations of Moral Pluralist Accounts of Moral Education
Author(s): MARTIN, Christopher
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 18    Issue: 1   Date: 2011   
Pages: 53-78
DOI: 10.2143/EP.18.1.2066213

Abstract :
Philosophers of education attempting to develop a reasoned programme of moral education often struggle with the fact that moral philosophy provides many diverse and conflicting accounts of the ethical life. Typically, attempts to resolve the conflict by demonstrating the superiority or priority of a chosen ethical framework have often played out in applied philosophy of education in terms of the development of rival, and often incompatible, moral education curricula. However, recent developments in scholarship have evinced a move to a more pluralistic account of moral education, incorporating insights from a variety of moral paradigms. This shift offers opportunities in the application of moral theory to contemporary issues in education. This essay seeks to define different approaches to pluralism in moral education and critically assess them. Finally, I show how recent work by T.M. Scanlon on moral permissibility stands as an excellent example of how developments in moral theory can make important contributions at the level of applied philosophy to the furtherance of a comprehensive account of moral education in ways that require neither a narrow monolithic nor a radically pluralistic approach.

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