The ethics of integrity: Educational values beyond postmodern ethics

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I address the problems of diminished moral responsibility and of moral relativism, typically associated with education in late modern society, by developing, beyond the problematic contemporary formulations of postmodern ethics, an ethics of integrity as a moral resource for education. This ethics is constituted by the principles of respect for the dignity of persons, and the acceptance of responsibility for the consequences of our moral choices. 1 I show how it offers more than the scant resources of postmodern ethics to educators who seek to enable their students to develop a deeply-founded sense of moral comportment and an authentic identity in the face of the moral complexity of late modernity's globalised and plural society. Copyright © 2001 The Journal of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-69
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


Mason, M. (2001). The ethics of integrity: Educational values beyond postmodern ethics. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35(1), 47-69. doi: 10.1111/1467-9752.00209


  • Integrity
  • Character
  • Student attitudes
  • Responsibility
  • Moral education


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