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Catholic Social LearningEducating the Faith That Does Justice$
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Roger Bergman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233281

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233281.001.0001

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Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women: On Teaching Moral Exemplars

Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women: On Teaching Moral Exemplars

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Catholic Social Learning

Roger Bergman

Fordham University Press

This chapter relies heavily on Aristotelian insights. Aristotle, MacIntyre's own principal source, provides some tantalizingly relevant comments on emulation and youthful character in his Rhetoric, and he is also the principal source in this chapter. This consideration of youthful character suggests that the concept of liminality may serve as a prism through which to view several dimensions of the young adult college experience. The philosopher's analyses of the “semi-virtue” of shame and of the emulous and noble character of the young provide fascinating starting points for a consideration of a classroom pedagogy focused on the study of such emulable moral exemplars as Dorothy Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Analyses of the role of saints, of the liminal character of college life, of the “higher self,” and of the “developmental imperative” flesh out the central theme.

Keywords:   Aristotelian insights, MacIntyre, youthful character, classroom pedagogy, developmental imperative

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