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The Persistence of Moral Skepticism and the Limits of Moral Education

Elijah Millgram

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195312881.003.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Persistence of Moral Skepticism and the Limits of Moral Education

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This article examines moral skepticism and the possible attendant limits of moral education. It describes attempts at teaching moral commitment and presents materials from a recent account of moral standing to assemble an explanation for skepticism's tenacity. It discusses Robert Nozick's treatment of moral standing and suggests that neither theory nor education will in the end do what so many philosophers have assumed they could, that is, anchor ethical commitment against skeptical second thoughts.

Keywords: moral skepticism; moral education; moral standing; Robert Nozick; ethical commitment; moral commitment; second thoughts

Article.  7636 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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