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Good Lives and Moral Education

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Evan Simpson

This book develops a «conservative» conception of morality and its implications for moral education. The argument stresses practices of living over rationalistic theories. At its center is an account of the education of the emotions, in which cultivating reflective imagination is more important than mastering universal principles. The central contrast is with Lawrence Kohlberg and his theory of moral development. Simpson sees extending democratic practices of discussion and argument as best answering the question how, lacking certain standards of judgment, we can decide between competing conceptions of human progress.

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Walter LaCentra THE AUTHENTIC SELF Toward a Philosophy of Personality American University Studies: Series V (Philosophy). Vol. 36 ISBN 0-8204-0460-8 221 pages hardback US$ 29.90* *Recommended price - alterations reserved This study contends that an adequate theory of personal growth should be based upon a human striving for authenticity, a striving revealed as a dynamic process of self-transcendence operating on three different levels: intellectual, moral, and religious. Just as the act of questioning propels man toward ever newer horizons of wisdom, so also does human and divine love explain the full- ness of authentic moral and religious development. Bernard Lonergan's in- sights into personal development are used to critically evaluate specific aspe.cts of the psychologies of personality developed by Freud, Adler, and Maslow. Contents: This thesis argues that Lonergan's theory of self-transcendence complements psychological theories of personality- Accent is on the dynamics of human and divine love in building character. PETER LANG PUBLISHING, INC. 62 West 45th Street USA- New York, NY 10036 This book develops a "conservative" conception of morality and its implications for moral education. The argument stresses practices of living over rationalistic theories. At its center is an account of the education of the emotions, in which cultivating reflective imagination is more important than mastering universal principles. The central contrast is with Lawrence Kohl berg and his theory of moral development. Simpson sees extending democratic practices of discussion and argument as best answering the question how, lacking certain standards of judgments, we can decide between competing conceptions...

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