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Teaching Ethics to Non-Philosophy Students: A Methods-Based Approach
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2017 (English)In: ATINER'S Conference Paper Series, Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 2017, p. 1-17, article id EDU2017-2338Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Dealing with ethical issues is a central aspect of many professions. Consequently, ethics is taught to diverse student groups in universities and colleges, alongside philosophy students. In this paper, we address the question of how ethics is best taught to such “non-philosophy” student groups. The standard way of introducing ethics to non-philosophy students is to present them with a set of moral theories. We refer to this approach as the “smorgasbord approach”, due to the impression it is likely to make on non-philosophy students approaching ethics as an academic discipline for the first time. This approach invites the assumption that adopting an ethical position is mainly a matter of choosing from this smorgasbord of different theories. We argue that this approach is problematic for several reasons, both theoretical and practical, and we suggest a methodsbased approach – focusing on methods for moral reasoning – as a more fruitful alternative. The main purpose of this paper is to explain and defend this methods-based approach to teaching ethics to non-philosophy students. In so doing, we also consider and meet some expected objections to this approach.

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Athens: Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 2017. p. 1-17, article id EDU2017-2338
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ATINER'S Conference Paper Series, ISSN 2241-2891 ; EDU2017-2338
Keywords [en]
Ethics education, teaching ethics, moral methodology, methods-based approach, smorgasbord approach
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Educational Sciences
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Ethics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-142925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-142925DiVA, id: diva2:1165533
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19th Annual International Conference on Education, Athens, Greece
Available from: 2017-12-13 Created: 2017-12-13 Last updated: 2018-06-09

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