R. M. Hare is one of the most widely discussed of today's moral philosophers. In this volume he has collected his most important essays in the related fields of religion and education, some newly published and others now inaccessible. The book starts with an exposition of his ideas on the meaning of religious language. There follow several essays, theoretical and practical, on the relations between religion and morality, which have deep implications for moral
education. The central question addressed in the rest of the volume is how children can be educated to think for themselves, freely but rationally, about moral questions, and the effects on society of
failure to achieve this. Professor Hare argues that those who want to dispense with morality are in effect resigning from a vital educational task. Attitudes to euthanasia and to equality of educational opportunity are taken as examples of how our thinking can go wrong.
`The former Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford, who is now in Florida, has brought together a collection of papers exploring, with his customary clarity of thought and elegance of expression, the light which moral philosophy can shed on certain religious and educational questions ... it is illuminating to follow an eminent philosopher at work on matters of great practical importance, and in prodding theologians to think more clearly.'
`cogent and compelling vision, enunciated with all the intelligence, elegance and vigour for which Hare is justly renowned.'
The Times Literary Supplement
`All the essays are a delight to read; clear, succinct, precisely expressed, and devoid of technical jargon. The collection will be welcomed by philosophers of education.'
`All the essays are a delight to read: clear, succinct, precisely expressed, and devoid of technical jargon. The collection will be welcomed by philosophers of education.'
`This book is an important resource for persons interested in clarifying the language of moral education in a religiously pluralist society.'
M. Susan Harlow, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Chicago, Religious Studies Review, Volume 20, Number 1, January 1994
`It is a ... pleasure to receive for review a book by someone who is palpably expert in a particular discipline, and able to deploy that discipline on topics which have a demonstrably practical relevance to education. Most books satisfy neither criterion: this one satisfies both. Add Hare's well-known clarity of style and presentation, and we have something really worth reading.'
Oxford Review of Education
`The arguments are admirably clear and straightforward.'
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
1: The Simple Believer
Appendix: Theology and Falsification
2: Religion and Morals
3: Are there Moral Authorities?
4: Euthanasia: A Christian View
5: How did Morality Get a Bad Name?
6: Satanism and Nihilism
7: Adolescents into Adults
8: Autonomy as an Educational Ideal
9: Value Education in a Pluralist Society
10: Language and Moral Education
Appendix: Rejoinder to G. J. Warnock
11: Platonism in Moral Education: Two Varieties
12: Why Moral Language?
13: Opportunity for What? Some Remarks on Current Disputes about Equality in Education
References and Bibliography
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 24th September 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.46