Becoming Virtuous : Character Education and the Problem of Free Will

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Title Becoming Virtuous : Character Education and the Problem of Free Will
Author Dahlbeck, Johan
Editor Smeyers, Paul
Date 2018
English abstract
How can we reconcile the fact that in order to act virtuously we appear to need to refer to the concept of a free will, while, at the same time, there are convincing philosophical arguments (aligned with a contemporary scientific understanding of natural causation) discrediting any viable notion of an unconstrained or uncaused will? Taking its cue from this important question, this chapter will proceed along the following lines. First, I aim to substantiate the link between contemporary character education and the concept of the free will so as to illustrate the interdependency between the two. Next, I will scrutinize the concept of a free will, raising some philosophical concerns about its validity in a contemporary educational context. This involves looking at the philosophical stakes involved in proposing a unique capacity to intervene with the causal order of nature. At this point, I will suggest that there is a way out of this conundrum, and I will continue by proposing a radically different understanding of the will, offered by the seventeenth century rationalist Spinoza. The chapter will close by looking at some of the practical consequences of grounding contemporary character education in a Spinozistic conception of the will.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72761-5_65 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319727592#abou... (external link to publication)
Publisher Springer
Host/Issue International Handbook of Philosophy of Education
Series/Issue Springer International Handbooks of Education;
ISSN 2197-1951
ISBN 978-3-319-72759-2
978-3-319-72761-5
Pages 921-936
Language eng (iso)
Subject Character education
Virtues
Free will problem
Moral responsibility
Causal determinism
Spinoza
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25210 Permalink to this page
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