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Understanding Agency and Educating Character
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. (Philosophy of Education and Educational Policy Seminar)
2011 (English)In: Educational Theory, ISSN 00132004, Vol. 61, no 3, 257-274 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How can we understand human agency, and what does it mean to educate character? Inthis essay Klas Roth develops a Kantian notion, one that suggests we render ourselves efficacious andautonomous in education and elsewhere. This requires, among other things, that we are successfulin bringing about the intended result through our actions and the means used, and that we act inaccordance with and are motivated by the Categorical Imperative. It also requires that we are or striveto become virtuous and that we engage in moral reflection, and, furthermore, that actions are done forthe sake of duty, that is, out of respect for the moral law. We accomplish such aims by developing ourpredispositions, namely the technical, the pragmatic, and the moral predisposition in a society. Theextent towhichwe achieve this, Roth contends, demonstrates whatwe are prepared tomake of ourselves.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2011. Vol. 61, no 3, 257-274 p.
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Essays, Education, Law, Duty
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-53125DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-5446.2011.00403.xOAI: diva2:389921
Available from: 2011-01-20 Created: 2011-01-20 Last updated: 2012-04-13Bibliographically approved

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