Engaging with Student Relativism

Teaching Philosophy 23 (3):231-240 (2000)
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The so-called “problem of student relativism” among college students refers to the tendency of students to contend that ethics are simply relative to an individual’s personal views. This paper sees student relativism less as a problem and more as a developmental issue involving self-definition. As such, many philosophy teachers choose texts that are aim to engage students in reflecting upon this developmental issue. In addition to classic texts like Descartes’s “Meditations” and “The Apology of Socrates,” this paper suggests that two further works that address themes relevant to this issue are Martin Heidegger’s “Being and Time” and Walker Percy’s novel “The Moviegoer.”

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Reply to Steven Cahn’s ‘The Ethics of Teaching: A Puzzle.Rick Repetti - 2004 - APA Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy 3 (2):18-19.

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