Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 47–56

A Virtue Approach Instead of a Kantian Approach as a Solution to Major Dilemmas in Meta-ethics? A Criticism of David Carr

  • A. Tellings
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Abstract

This contribution is a criticism of some points David Carr brings forward both in his 1991 book (Educating the Virtues) but even more so in his 1996 article in this journal (After Kohlberg: Some Implications of an Ethics of Virtue for the Theory of Moral Education and Development). With the help of a virtue approach Carr tries to solve the moral objectivism-moral relativism dilemma and the deontologism-consequentialism dilemma in ethics. I will argue that his attempt, though very interesting, suffers from some serious flaws and that, either, Carr's position is much closer to a Kantian approach than Carr thinks, or Carr's position needs a good deal of clarification.

virtue ethics moral education meta-ethics Kohlberg 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Tellings
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  1. 1.University of NijmegenNijmegenthe Netherlands

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