Morally Serious Pedagogy

Shawn Floyd

Christian colleges and universities often profess a commitment to cultivating the virtues. Yet the practices conducive to virtuous formation are rarely included in these schools’ pedagogical repertoire. Shawn Floyd finds this phenomenon puzzling. After all, virtuous formation ostensibly is a part of these schools’ academic mission. Using Aquinas’ understanding of virtue as a point of departure, Mr. Floyd argues that an analysis of virtue itself suggests that its cultivation must occur within a pedagogical context. If this is true, then it is only natural to make moral formation a central aim of our educative practices. Mr. Floyd is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Malone College in Canton, OH.

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