Das glück des Lehrers

Translated title of the contribution: The teacher's happiness

Christopher Roy Higgins

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Using Bernard Williams' ethics/morality distinction, I argue that the ethics of teaching concerns the relation between the teaching life and the good life, connecting the question "why teach?" with the question "how should I live?" The modern dichotomy between self-interest and altruism leads us to neglect the flourishing of the teacher. We must transcend this moral myopia to ask: Why is the practice of teaching worth putting at the center of my life? How does teaching put me in touch with the goods I prize most? How does tending to the growth of others nourish my own growth?

Translated title of the contributionThe teacher's happiness
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)495-513
Number of pages19
JournalZeitschrift fur Padagogik
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education


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