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DALC: Book Club – Lisa Kretz’s “Emotional Responsibility and Teaching Ethics: Student Empowerment, Ethics and Education”
10-25-18 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Thursday’s group (Amanda (Perry), Ian (Cuthberston) Kate (Hall), Liz (Kirkland) and Mary (Hlywa) and myself) decided to take a bit of a detour from Boler and read Lisa Kretz’s “Emotional Responsibility and Teaching Ethics: Student Empowerment, Ethics and Education” (2014). Hope it sparks an interest for you.
Abstract: “ ‘This class is so [insert expletive] depressing.’ I overheard a student communicating this to a friend upon exiting one of my ethics courses and I wondered how my classes could generate a sense of empowerment rather than depression, a sense of hope rather than despair. Drawing from David Hume’s and Martin Hoffman’s work on the psychology of empathy and sympathy, I contend that dominant Western philosophical pedagogy is inadequate for facilitating morally empowered students. Moreover, I stipulate that an adequate analysis of the role emotion should play in pedagogy requires tending to the politics of emotional expression and how oppression functions. I argue that ethical educators have a moral responsibility to facilitate not only critical moral thinking but critical moral agency. Part of ethical education should involve the provision of tools for effective citizen engagement, and reasoning alone is insufficient for this goal. The role of emotion in ethical decision-making and action remains devalued and under-analyzed. Approaches that fail to adequately recognize the role of emotion in ethical education are to the detriment of effective ethical pedagogy. I recommend a number of methods for remedying this omission so as to provide tools for moral action.”
Download the publication: Kretz – Emotional Responsibility and Teaching Ethics