So, virtue can’t really be taught. But can
it be learned? I think that it can, at least in part. Even though
students in school may not have a ‚virtue 1
class, we all know that students are good at picking upon their surroundings and being influenced by those around them. This is why we all recognize the
importance of who our kids ‚hang around with‛ –
because we recognize that students learn from thosearound them, even when those around them have no intention to be teachers. In fact, it was oftenstressed to me when I was a teacher that I was to set an example for students and hold to strict ethicalconduct, in part, because I was
like it or not
a teacher of moral behavior.students learn virtue another way: by experience. Once students learn what moral behavior is fromthose around them, they try these ideas out on the world. They learn from their moral mistakes; beingcaught in a lie and disappointing a friend teaches them not to lie. Being egregiously wrong aboutsomething one was confident in may teach the value of humility, etc.
Sometimes, it also happens where experience will adjust a person’s sense of virtue by having an
unvirtuous thing happen to them. Someone who is a petty thief may rethink their idea of virtue whenthey have something stolen from them and reflect on the pain it caused. Someone who brags may beconfronted with others who brag, which can lead to reflections on how annoying the tendency is. All of this is to say that while virtue may not be taught, this does not mean that it can be learned. Platodoes allude to the idea that virtue is inborn To some degree, of course, this is true; some people seemto be born with an extraordinary capacity for virtues like compassion, etc. Others seem to be born withlittle to no moral conscience without which virtue is very difficult.
This does not mean that virtue can’t be learned; only that its foundation is inborn. Just like we
idea that one can be ‚instructed in‛ virtues but fail to put them in practice (or desire to),
we should recognize the converse: that people are capable of refining their views of virtue, that peoplemay become more virtuous by reflective practice, and tha
t it sometimes even happens where a person’s
view of how to act virtuously changes drastically over time.
So, I do think that Plato’s question of whether virtue can be taught should have been rephrased to ask
whether virtue can be learned.
Different schools of thought? Which school you believe? why?(give reason)
(anita havn’t gave ppt yet)
What are ethical issues in Indian context , brief some of them