Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women: On Teaching Moral Exemplars

Roger Bergman

in Catholic Social Learning

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233281
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241736 | DOI:
Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women: On Teaching Moral Exemplars

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This chapter relies heavily on Aristotelian insights. Aristotle, MacIntyre's own principal source, provides some tantalizingly relevant comments on emulation and youthful character in his Rhetoric, and he is also the principal source in this chapter. This consideration of youthful character suggests that the concept of liminality may serve as a prism through which to view several dimensions of the young adult college experience. The philosopher's analyses of the “semi-virtue” of shame and of the emulous and noble character of the young provide fascinating starting points for a consideration of a classroom pedagogy focused on the study of such emulable moral exemplars as Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Analyses of the role of saints, of the liminal character of college life, of the “higher self,” and of the “developmental imperative” flesh out the central theme.

Keywords: Aristotelian insights; MacIntyre; youthful character; classroom pedagogy; developmental imperative

Chapter.  8689 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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