Can Virtue Be Taught?

Variations on a Theme by Socrates

Authors

  • Howard B. Radest Humanist Institute

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v20i2.45

Keywords:

humanism, Socrates, virtue

Abstract

2500 years ago, Socrates wrestled with the question: Can virtue be taught? And I’m still at it. I recall my experience as an Ethical Culture Leader, the head of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools, and Board Chair of the Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City. Once more, I reflect on a life-long vocation: the problem of knowing, judging, deciding, and acting ethically. Can virtue be taught? Socrates answered “yes” and “no.” Figuring out what that means remains a continuing puzzle, which inspired this article.

Author Biography

Howard B. Radest, Humanist Institute

Dr. Radest is Dean Emeritus of the Humanist Institute, and former Director of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York.

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Published

2013-11-06

How to Cite

Radest, H. (2013). Can Virtue Be Taught? Variations on a Theme by Socrates. Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, 20(2), 45–61. https://doi.org/10.1558/eph.v20i2.45

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