The Death of Character: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil

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Basic Books, Jan 4, 2008 - History - 336 pages
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The Death of Character is a broad historical, sociological, and cultural inquiry into the moral life and moral education of young Americans based upon a huge empirical study of the children themselves. The children's thoughts and concerns-expressed here in their own words-shed a whole new light on what we can expect from moral education. Targeting new theories of education and the prominence of psychology over moral instruction, Hunter analyzes the making of a new cultural narcissism.
 

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THE DEATH OF CHARACTER: Moral Education in an Age Without Good or Evil

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A too-strongly argued case for modifying moral education and rescuing character from the self-esteem Nazis and feel-good shrinks. Sociologist Hunter (Before the Shooting Begins, 1994) echoes Neitzsche ... Read full review

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Great book about character! Good to read along with Thomas Lickona "Character Matters..."

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Page 6 - Is there no virtue among us ? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
Page 6 - It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.
Page 4 - See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God...

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James Davidson Hunter is professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of Virginia and author of Evangelicalism: The Coming Generation (1987).

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