Education is the Art of Making Humanity Ethical
Beginning from Hegel’s notion of ethical life (Sittlichkeit) as a mode of consciousness governed by the norms of a historical community, this essay examines the role of education in shaping contemporary communities of autonomous people. It does so by defending a version of the idea that an educator has, among her other tasks, the role of helping her students appreciate the values that are shared across her community. In the course of the examination I relate this idea to trends in the European Enlightenment, research concerning political polarization in Europe and North America today, and the impact this polarization is having on the academy. In the process I argue that the modern university educator has the task of cultivating in students an attitude of critical inquiry whose results are not coerced by the social conditions under which that inquiry takes place, and I offer some pedagogical proposals for the university educator facing the situation we are today.
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Preston Stovall, "Education is the Art of Making Humanity Ethical", in: Cinzia Ferrini (Edited by), "Human Diversity in Context", Trieste EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2020, pp. 209-235
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