Moral Theory in Ethics Across the Curriculum?

  • Michael DavisEmail author


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.


Morality Professional ethics Business ethics Social ethics Academic ethics Research ethics 



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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