Even When No One is Looking

Fundamental Questions of Ethical Education

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Jan Habl
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , September
     158 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book is not a list or an overview of various theories of ethics. Nor is it a didactic manual for specific teaching units on moral education aimed at some group based on age or a particular theme (although some educational frameworks will be proposed). As the title suggests, the book intends to seek the starting points or foundations without which no moral education would be possible. The goal is to formulate and tackle the key questions that precede all moral education. What makes “good vs. evil” language possible and meaningful? Can virtue be taught and learned? What makes our actions good? What is the condition of human nature? Are we naturally good, or evil? What constitutes an educator’s right to morally influence anyone else (not just a child)? What is the goal of moral education? What does a morally educated person look like? And how can we ensure the coveted moral result? Or—in the words of Jan Amos Comenius, the “teacher of nations”—how to educate a person to not only know what is good, but also to want what is good, and to do what is good “even when no one is looking?”

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jan Habl is Professor of Pedagogy at universities in Usti nad Labem and Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic.



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