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Moral sensitivity: the central question of moral education

5:30 pm to 7:15 pm, 22 January 2020

Learning empathy in a drama class

Dr Roger Marples offers a detailed analysis of the logical presuppositions of both rule-governed moral education favoured by Michael Hand, and generalised altruism favoured by John White: namely, the moral sensitivities required of moral personhood.

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Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Organiser

Alison Brady

Location

Room 828
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom

Moral deliberation may safely dispense with moral rules and principles. Instead, prior to deciding what should or should not be done, accurate moral perception is a necessary prerequisite. This requires moral imagination, empathy and self-understanding, amongst other things. The relevance of this to moral education is rendered explicit.

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About the Speaker

Dr Roger Marples

Roger Marples completed a BA in Philosophy at Birkbeck College and a PhD at the UCL Institute of Education, while teaching in primary, secondary, and schools for children with emotional and behaviour problems. He became a Principal Lecturer at the University of Roehampton where he taught for 40 years.

He has edited The Aims of Education (Routledge, 1999) and, with Judith Suissa and Carrie Winstanley, Education, Philosophy and Well-Being: New Perspectives on the Work of John White (Routledge, 2015). His latest publications are on “Parents' Rights and Educational Provision” and “What's Wrong with Private Schools”.