MacIntyre's Moral Theory and the Possibility of an Aretaic Ethics of Teaching

Christopher Higgins

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In this paper, I reconstruct Alasdair MacIntyre's aretaic, practical philosophy, drawing out its implications for professional ethics in general and the practice of teaching in particular. After reviewing the moral theory as a whole, I examine MacIntyre's notion of internal goods. Defined within the context of practices, such goods give us reason to reject the very idea of applied ethics. Being goods for the practitioner, they suggest that the eudaimonia of the practitioner is central to professional ethics. In this way, MacIntyre's moral theory helps us recover the untimely question, how does teaching contribute to the flourishing of the teacher?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-292
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • History
  • Philosophy


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