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Integrity as the goal of character education

Webber, Jonathan ORCID: 2022. Integrity as the goal of character education. Values and Virtues for a Challenging World: Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements 92 , pp. 185-207. 10.1017/S1358246122000273

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Schools and universities should equip students with the ability to deal with an unpredictable environment in ways that promote worthwhile and fulfilling lives. The world is rapidly changing and the contours of our ethical values have been shaped by the world we have lived in. Education therefore needs to cultivate in students the propensity to develop and refine ethical values that preserve important insights accrued through experience while responding to novel challenges. Therefore, we should aim to foster the virtue of ethical integrity. This virtue is driven by a concern for ethical accuracy, which motivates and warrants respect for our existing ethical commitments as repositories of previous ethical reasoning, but equally requires recognition of our own falliblity and consideration of other people's reasoning. Ethical integrity thus comprises constancy, fidelity, humility, and receptivity, balanced and integrated by the aim of ethical accuracy. It is a kind of ethical seriousness, though it includes acceptance of some degree of ambivalence. It is an inherently developmental virtue distinct from the unachievable ethical perfection of practical wisdom. It is an Aristotelian virtue, even though Aristotle does not himself name it. The paper closes with an outline of what education for ethical integrity would look like.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1358-2461
Funders: The Royal Institute of Philosophy
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 7 May 2022
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 18:24

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