Virtue and Moral Education

Country: Poland

City: Gdańsk

Abstr. due: 01.04.2018

Dates: 17.05.18 — 18.05.18

Area Of Sciences: Pedagogy;

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Organizers: Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdańsk


The Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Journalism, University of Gdańsk and The Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, University of Oklahoma
invites You to an International Conference entitled Virtue and Moral Education. Conference will be held on 17-18 May 2018 in Gdańsk. 

Contemporary virtue ethics is one of the most influential approaches to ethics. Its main focus is the growth of moral agents by developing their moral character. Moral character consists in various stable, acquired cognitive-affective dispositions to morally good acting. In philosophy such dispositions are labeled as virtues.

During the conference Virtue and Moral Education we want to raise the questions: How should moral character, not only that of children but also of adults, be shaped? How should we develop valuable features of character within ourselves and in others? How should we influence the change of moral convictions, and make people want to become more benevolent to each other, more honest and helpful? How should we evoke motivation to constantly keep working on our own character?

We would also like to discuss the issue of the most valuable methods in moral education that would influence not only behavior but also affective and cognitive processes. Such discussion would include reflection over directive and nondirective methods of education, their strong and weak sides. It would encompass discussing the role and place of moral exemplars (moral saints, heroes, and sages), as well as the role and place of the method of value clarification and education through moral dilemmas.

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