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Abstract

Dr. Isidoro Talavera states that the values of a community determine what is right within that culture or society. This presents the problem of whose ethics (and what values) we are going to “teach” (i.e., instill and enforce) via character “education” and/or ethical codes. Moreover, most evils are due to moral defects of character or upbringing quite as much as to lack of critical thinking. Many times we must think outside our cherished values to do the right thing. The right or wrong action (or practice), for instance, may be a function of the reasoning involved and the quality and weight of the evidence that supports it. One way to think outside our cherished values (or character “education”), then, is by improving ethical analysis and evaluation skills (i.e., critical thinking).

Publication Date

9-25-2013

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College of Arts, Sciences and Technology

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Philosophy

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