The legacies of liberalism and oppressive relations: facing a dilemma for the subject of moral education

Journal of Moral Education 33 (1):3-22 (2004)
Abstract
In modern Western moral and political theory the notion of the liberal subject has flourished as the locus of moral experience, interpretation and critique. Through this conceptual lens on subjectivity, individuals are enabled to shape and regulate their interactions in arguably desirable ways, e.g. through principles of respect for persons and the constraints of reciprocal rights, and moral education has largely adopted this perspective. However, this article argues that some kinds of morally significant relations?those framed by social groups related to each other through structures of hierarchical power?constitute a different kind of subjectivity that needs more theoretical and empirical attention. In contrast to four core characteristics of liberal subjectivity, a view of subjectivity that can be located in how individuals are members of particular kinds of social groups is offered. It is argued that unless it can accommodate working with attention to this form of subjectivity as well, moral education runs the risk of itself contributing to forms of oppression such as racism, instead of being a means of combating them
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 9,351
External links
  •   Try with proxy.
  • Through your library Configure
    References found in this work BETA

    No references found.

    Citations of this work BETA
    Similar books and articles
    Brenda Cohen (1983). Ethical Objectivity and Moral Education. Journal of Moral Education 12 (2):131-136.
    Richard Pring (2001). Education as a Moral Practice. Journal of Moral Education 30 (2):101-112.
    Dwight Boyd (1996). A Question of Adequate Aims. Journal of Moral Education 25 (1):21-29.
    Paul L. van der Plas (1985). Moral Education in Holland. Journal of Moral Education 14 (2):111-119.
    Analytics

    Monthly downloads

    Added to index

    2010-09-02

    Total downloads

    6 ( #162,690 of 1,088,372 )

    Recent downloads (6 months)

    1 ( #69,449 of 1,088,372 )

    How can I increase my downloads?

    My notes
    Sign in to use this feature


    Discussion
    Start a new thread
    Order:
    There  are no threads in this forum
    Nothing in this forum yet.