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Title: Ethical Frameworks for Education
Contributor(s): Hardy, Joy (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Socrates is credited with saying 'An unexamined life is not worth living'. Following this maxim, a life that is worth living requires self-reflection. If such self-reflection involves evaluating our actions as 'good' or 'bad', 'right' or 'wrong', we enter into ethics. Ethics is about how we ought to live, but how are we to determine how we ought to live? Responses to this question can include intuition, experience and an understanding of ethical theory. If, however, a defensible justification is required for a particular belief or course of action, only the latter two responses will suffice and Singer (1993) insists in the necessary interplay of both. For Singer, ethics involves a fusion of ethical theory and lived experience, framed within the context of specific circumstances. Kant, however, who expounded that an ethical life involved fulfilling one's duties in relation to universal ethical truths, would assuredly reject Singer's stance. Ethics, then, is a contested field.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Interrogating Common Sense: Teaching for Social Justice, v.1, p. 153-173
Publisher: Pearson SprintPrint
Place of Publication: Frenchs Forest, Australia
ISBN: 9781442507197
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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