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International Journal of Applied Philosophy

Volume 12, Issue 2, Fall 1998

John Ladd
Pages 239-245

What’s Group Identity Got to Do with It?
Ethical Issues in Mentoring

In order to avoid trivializing moral issues concerning mentoring, a specialized “strong” concept of a Mentor is proposed that is based on the original model in Homer’s Odyssey. It is argued that mentorship embodies a highly personal and bonding relationship that comes as a free gift and is based on an affinity of some sort. It is further argued that morally such a relationship may be especially appropriate in a racial setting.

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