Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 221–229 | Cite as

Liberalism, Citizenship, and the Private Interest in Schooling

  • Kenneth A Strike


Schools in liberal societies are responsible for producing liberal citizens. However, if they have too robust a view of citizenship, they may find themselves undermining the view of good lives held by many pacific and law abiding groups. Here I argue against treating citizenship as an educational good that simply trumps private values when they conflict and in favor of a view that seeks a context sensitive balance between such conflicting goods. The paper explores Rawls's distinction between two moral powers as a way of understanding the character of some of the private interests in schooling.

liberalism citizenship Rawls schooling 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth A Strike
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  1. 1.Department of EducationCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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