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Blackham Lecture 2014: Towards a theory of moral education

A solution to the problem of moral education.

A central problem for moral education is the tension between two thoughts widely entertained by parents, teachers and educational theorists. The first thought is that morality must be learned: children must come to see what morality requires of them and acquire the motivation to submit to its authority. The second thought is that morality is controversial: there is deep uncertainty about both the requirements of morality and the reasons to comply with them. The tension between these thoughts is not hard to discern: the former seems to demand that children are educated in morality; the latter seems to prohibit it. Unless we teach children to subscribe to moral standards, there is no reason to expect that they will come to do so; but to engage in such teaching in the face of controversy about the content and justification of morality appears tantamount to indoctrination. In this lecture, Professor Michael Hand will sketch the outline of a solution to this problem.


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Date and Time:

11 March 2014 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Moseley Exchange
Alcester Road
B13 8JP

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British Humanist Association
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About Professor Michael Hand
Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of Postgraduate Research in the School of Education. He is the Editor of IMPACT, a pamphlet series offering philosophical perspectives on contemporary education policy. Michael's research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. He has published books and articles on education for patriotism, the nature and aims of religious education, the justifiability of faith schools, autonomy as an educational aim, philosophy in schools, teaching about sexuality, and controversial issues in the classroom. He is currently working on a theory of moral education.

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