Education for Justice

Matthew Clayton

in Justice and Legitimacy in Upbringing

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199268948
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603693 | DOI:
Education for Justice

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This chapter offers an account of political or citizenship education. It argues that a central feature of citizenship education in a liberal society is the development of a sense of justice, and the virtues of civility and reciprocity that are constitutive of that sense. The discussion begins with the analysis of Brighouse’s consent-based objections to the shaping of political motivations. An alternative political motivation model is defended, which draws on Rawls’s account of the natural duty of justice. The aims of political education, with respect to the skills, attitudes and values of liberal citizens, are briefly discussed. Education for justice rejects the view that political education should seek to cultivate a sense of nationality. The aims of political education in the context of questions about global justice are considered. Certain educational issues that arise in the non-ideal world from the point of view of developing a sense of justice are addressed.

Keywords: citizenship; political education; consent; authority; natural duty; justice; nationality; global justice; public reason

Chapter.  20709 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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