Ethics and Education 12 (3):337-350 (2017)

Adam M. Willows
University of Winchester
From folk tales to movies, stories possess features which naturally suit them to contribute to the growth of virtue. In this article I show that the fictional exemplars help the learner to grasp the moral importance of internal states and resolves a tension between existing kinds of exemplars discussed by virtue ethicists. Stories also increase the information conveyed by virtue terms and aid the growth of prudence. Stories can provide virtuous exemplars, inform learners as to the nature of the virtues and offer practice in developing situational judgement. As such they are a significant resource for virtue ethics and moral education.
Keywords Exemplar  Fiction  Learning  Stories  Virtue
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DOI 10.1080/17449642.2017.1356664
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