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Education and the Ethics of Democratic Character

Mark Evans

Synthesis Philosophica, Volume: 25, Issue: 1

Swansea University Author: Mark Evans

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This article argues, first of all, that much educational practice in liberal-democratic society officially aims to promote what I call a democratic character-ideal for the citizens of the future. It embodies the Deweyian belief that democracy is not just a form of polity but also a way of life in wh...

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ISSN: 0352-7875
Published: 2010
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