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date: 26 August 2019

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This chapter explores key respects in which virtue ethics has been considered of relevance to education. First, much recent work has focused on the case for a broader virtue ethical understanding of the aims of education and schooling and on the prospect of conceiving moral education in terms of the cultivation of virtuous character. Second, many educational philosophers and theorists have sought a virtue ethical account of the practice of teaching and/or the professional role and responsibilities of career teachers. Third, however, much recent educational attention has been devoted to the virtues that Aristotle distinguished from moral virtues as epistemic virtues, with particular regard to their significance for the professional development of teachers, as well as for education more generally.

Keywords: education, teaching, character, Aristotle, moral virtues, epistemic virtues, professionalism

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