The good life of teaching: An ethics of professional practice

Chris Higgins

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook


The Good Life of Teaching extends the recent revival of virtue ethics to professional ethics and the philosophy of teaching. It connects long-standing philosophical questions about work and human growth to questions about teacher motivation, identity, and development. Makes a significant contribution to the philosophy of teaching and also offers new insights into virtue theory and professional ethics. Offers fresh and detailed readings of major figures in ethics, including Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor, and Bernard Williams and the practical philosophies of Hannah Arendt, John Dewey and Hans-Georg Gadamer. Provides illustrations to assist the reader in visualizing major points, and integrates sources such as film, literature, and teaching memoirs to exemplify arguments in an engaging and accessible way. Presents a compelling vision of teaching as a reflective practice showing how this requires us to prepare teachers differently.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages310
ISBN (Electronic)9781444346534
ISBN (Print)9781444339307
StatePublished - Sep 19 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'The good life of teaching: An ethics of professional practice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this