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Moral Theory in Ethics Across the Curriculum?

  • Michael Davis
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Abstract

The problem of the relation of curriculum to practice cannot be dismissed as “merely philosophical”. The problem arises each time a teacher chooses to teach one thing rather than another. It certainly arises when a teacher wishing to teach “ethics” decides to teach moral theory—or decides not to. Which brings me to the subject of this Chapter: What part should moral theory have in ethics across the curriculum? After distinguishing five kinds of ethics across the curriculum, I argue that the part moral theory should have depends on the kind of ethics across the curriculum involved. This chapter is a contribution to a debate that has raged, or at least simmered, for at least a decade.

Keywords

Morality Professional ethics Business ethics Social ethics Academic ethics Research ethics 

Notes

Acknowledgements

My thanks are owed to Elaine Englehardt and Mike Pritchard for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this Chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicagoUSA

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