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Inquiry without standards: A reply to Hand

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Laurance J Splitter

The University of Melbourne and the Education University of Hong Kong
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In this ‘Reply’, I am critical of several aspects of Michael Hand’s paper ‘Moral education in the community of inquiry’. I do not agree that such terms as ‘standards’ and ‘directive teaching’ are consistent with a proper understanding of inquiry generally, and philosophical inquiry, moral inquiry and community of inquiry, in particular. I also argue that the idea of openness, duly modified, remains central to all forms of inquiry, whether philosophical or otherwise. Finally, I cast doubt on Hand’s characterisation of the distinctions between controversial and uncontroversial, on the one hand, and justified and unjustified, on the other, by reflecting critically on his own examples.

How to Cite: Splitter, L.J., 2020. Inquiry without standards: A reply to Hand. Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 7(2). DOI: http://doi.org/10.46707/jps.v7ii.121
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Published on 18 Dec 2020.
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