Rejoinder to Nucci's "morality, religion and public education in pluralist democracies"

Journal of Moral Education 32 (3):271-273 (2003)


Three rebuttals are offered here: my argument applies not only to monotheistic religious students; the relationship between God and the good is far more complex and contested than Nucci claims; and I do not contend that religious students rely entirely on religious dictates in their ethical thinking, but rather that the influences are likely to be a mixture of religion and personal judgement. Nucci's concern about hegemonic imposition of ethical perspectives is certainly valid, but civic respect in a pluralist democracy requires thoughtful engagement with a diversity of ethical thought, however complicated and challenging this may be

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