Education and the Politics of Virtue

Eamonn Callan

in Creating Citizens

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198292586
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598913 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Political Theory

 Education and the Politics of Virtue

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Liberal politics is often misrepresented as repugnant to state support—e.g. through educational policy—for any particular ideal of virtuous character. This is a misrepresentation because liberal institutions can only flourish given the widespread social currency of liberal ideals of character, and this in turn presupposes that educational institutions are wedded to that ideal. This point undermines much communitarian criticism of liberalism. The tension between democratic and liberal ideals in political education is briefly explored.

Keywords: character; communitarianism; democracy; educational policy; liberalism; political education; state support

Chapter.  4958 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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