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A philosophical approach to moral education


Philip Cam

School of Humanities and Languages, University of New South Wales, AU
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Moral education needs to be distinguished from moral training and to find its way into the school curriculum. It should meet academic standards relating to knowledge and understanding of the moral domain in much the same way as do other areas of study. This paper briefly explores the aims, subject matter and methods of such an undertaking from a philosophical point of view. The approach helps to overcome the common dichotomy in which students are regarded as moral beings so far as their general conduct is concerned and as amoral beings when it comes to the subject matter that they study. When integrated into the curriculum, it brings out the moral aspects of various areas of study and assists students to understand them.

How to Cite: Cam, P., 2016. A philosophical approach to moral education. Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 3(1), pp.5–15. DOI:
Published on 02 Jun 2016.
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