This Book Is intended for general readers interested in theoretical and practical problems revolving around multiculturalism and education. Most, if not all, philosophical debates come down to the fundamental conflict between cocneptions of goods and rights. Current debates about multiculturalism and pluralism, especially in the area of education, often pit the goods of communities against rights-claims of other groups or individuals, which leads to an impasse. The author's alternative starting point for ethics allows us to view these conflicts in a new light and thus bring new changes for insightful resolutions. Chapter 1 poses the problem. Chapter 2 begins the philosophical heart of the book with an appropriation of Aristotle's moral theory as a framework to consider ethics in a multicultural context. This re-reading of Aristotle is accomplished in large part with the aid of the philosophical hermeneutics of Gadamer. His general theory of understanding and his reading of Aristotie are covered in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 highlights the dialogical virtues of humility, charity and courage and Chapter 5 provides a perspective on education that is based on the ethical theory previously developed. Chapter 6 applies the author's ethical and educational positions to contemporary education, specifically those having to do with diversity and multiculturalism.
Introduction. The Import of Aristotle's Moral Theory. Kinds of Knowledge and Reasoning. The Relationship between Phronesis and Virtues. The Nuts and Bolts of Aristotelian Moral Theory. Tact and Sensus Communis. The Threat of Relativism. Conclusion. Foundations of a Dialogic Moral Position. Language is Being. Gadamer's Appropriation of Aristotie's Concept of Phronesis. Dialogue, Truth and the Human Sciences. Dialogic Hermeneutic in Multicultural Perspective. Dialogic Virtues and Social Solidarity, Understanding as Praxis. Dialogic Virtues. Elements of Solidarity. A New Starting Point for Considering Multicultural Education. Building. Dialogic Virtues and Solidarity in Paulo Freire's Pedagogy. The Aims of Multicultural Education. Conclusion. Problems, Challenges, Opportunities. Controlling Speech on the College Campus. The ""Multi"" Plying of Curricula. Virtues and Vices in Teaching and Learning About Other Cultures. Educators as Role Models. ""That's All Folksl"" Bibliography Author Index. Subject Index.