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Teaching Ethics

Volume 15, Issue 1, Spring 2015

Deborah S. Mower
Pages 1-18
DOI: 10.5840/tej20151512

Reflections on . . . A Culture of Sensitivity

The robust research within Project Implicit drives home the discomforting fact that many of us have implicit biases that we may believe lead to unethical action and which we may have attempted to eradicate from our thoughts. I examine the problem that implicit bias poses for moral education, and search for a solution by examining the alternatives of culture, character, conscience, and moral sensitivity. I argue that each fails individually, but that a potential solution to the problem comes through the creation of a limited “culture” within our classrooms; specifically, a culture that cultivates moral sensitivity as a collaborative endeavor.

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