Title: Educating virtues in order to prevent crimes?
Authors: John, Christopher
De Tavernier, Johan
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Manonmaniam Sundaranar University Press
Host Document: Conference Proceedings Second International Conference of the South Asian Society of Crimonology and Victimology (SASCV 2013) pages:234-242
Conference: Second International Conference of the South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology (SASCV 2013) edition:2 location:Tirunelveli date:11-13 January 2013
Abstract: “Many people view contemporary world as verging on moral bankruptcy and view our institutions as failing to inculcate good character” (Kotva, 1996). But it is not a new
phenomenon, since moral panics have occurred throughout recorded history. The immediate query would be whether human nature as such is more prone to narcissism and
brutality than altruism and benevolence; or whether our society is interested more than ever before in pessimism rather than in positive human qualities and dispositions. And this envisages an essential question of our interest: What measures are to be implemented to ensure real 'human' behaviour? This paper is primarily focused on the kind of basic virtue education that should be given in schools to minimize interpersonal crime among children and youth. First of all, we present virtue ethics, virtue approach and virtue education as a theoretical perspective to preclude
violence in schools. Secondly, we aim to propose three unique orientations that are attached to this solution: person-centered education, education focused on being rather
than education centered on doing and education that transcends from information to the level of transformation.
ISBN: 978-81-906687-5-0
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Research Unit of Theological and Comparative Ethics

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