Journal of Moral Education 43 (4):484-499 (2014)

Randall R. Curren
University of Rochester
This paper addresses a puzzle about moral learning concerning its social context and the potential for moral progress: Won't the social context of moral learning shape moral perceptions, beliefs, and motivation in ways that will inevitably limit moral motivation, perceptiveness, and progress? It addresses the relationships between habituation and moral reasoning in Aristotelian moral education, and assesses Julia Annas’s attempt to defend the possibility of moral progress within a virtue ethical framework. Focusing on the motivational core of the puzzle, the paper argues that Self-determination Theory provides resources for better understanding how moral progress is possible and how moral education can facilitate such progress.
Keywords paradox of moral education  moral progress  moral autonomy  moral motivation  Self-determination theory
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DOI 10.1080/03057240.2014.935306
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