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Answering Susan: Liberalism, Civic Education, and the Status of Younger Persons

Joe Coleman

in The Moral and Political Status of Children

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242689
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242682.003.0009
 Answering Susan: Liberalism, Civic Education, and the Status of Younger Persons

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While young children lack the moral powers that Rawls calls a conception of the good and a sense of justice, psychological data show that adolescents are closer to adults in this respect. The idea that civic education should be compulsory for younger person but not for adults cannot be justified by appeal to the supposed incapacities of the former. A more democratic ’participation‐oriented’ approach to the civic education of the young is more appropriate than an ’authority‐oriented’ approach. Such an approach is a requirement that flows from according younger persons the respect that justice requires.

Keywords: adolescents; authority; civic education; conception of the good; justice; moral powers; participation; John Rawls

Chapter.  10281 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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