Moral education is a field with both formal and informal settings and approaches to cultivating, developing, and socializing the moral and ethical dimensions of being human. There is a rich debate occurring about what life-long learning in moral education is meant to produce. I argue that wisdom, as traditionally understood in the wisdom traditions, is a far more expansive and holistic conceptualization than those definitions on offer in the current psychological and social scientific literature on the subject. Traditionally understood, wisdom can help liberate us from the often too narrow constraints of current thinking, enabling an integrative and holistic approach more worthy of social science. Wisdom should be the developmental ideal of life-long learning in the moral and ethical domain.
Sherblom, Stephen A.
"Moral Education and Lifelong Learning: Wisdom as a Developmental Ideal,"
Journal of Educational Leadership in Action: Vol. 5:
2, Article 9.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lindenwood.edu/ela/vol5/iss2/9
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