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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 38, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2018

Susan A. Ross
Pages 131-148
DOI: 10.1353/sce.2018.0037

Aesthetics and Ethics
Women Religious as Aesthetic and Moral Educators

This essay examines the particular contributions of three communities of women religious for the ways in which they incorporated concerns for the moral formation of their students together with a focus on beauty. These communities not only provided a basic “Catholic moral education” but also aimed to develop persons who saw their responsibility as building a better world that was not only good but also beautiful. Given recent attention to the relationship between ethics and aesthetics, this essay shows how the work of women religious makes a significant contribution to this field.