Journal of Moral Education 48 (3):381-392 (2019)

This paper proposes that Catherine Elgin’s and Nelson Goodman’s work on exemplification is relevant for discussions within moral philosophy and moral education. Generalizing Elgin’s and Goodman’s account of exemplification to also cover ethics the paper develops a two-factor account of moral exemplarity. According to this account, instantiation and expressivity are individually necessary and jointly sufficient conditions for someone or something to function as a moral exemplar. Applying this two-factor account of exemplarity to discussions within the philosophy of moral education the paper then argues that it is the expressive aspect of moral exemplars, which explains and justifies the educational significance of such exemplars. The paper concludes by discussing the similarities and differences between the expressivity account and the transparency criterion formulated by Michel Croce and Maria Silvia Vaccarezza in a recent paper.
Keywords Exemplarity  Expressivity  Education  Exemplars
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DOI 10.1080/03057240.2018.1563879
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