Reply to Noddings, Darwall, Wren, and Fullinwider

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I respond to Noddings with further clarification of the notion of empathy and also argue that previous care ethics has put too much of an exclusive emphasis on relationships. I respond to Darwall by pointing out some implausible implications of his own and Kantian views about respect and by showing how a sentimentalist approach can avoid those difficulties. In my reply to Wren I indicate how a sentimentalist metaethics can be accurate to what we mean by ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ even if Kantians and others would emphatically deny what it says about these terms. And, finally, I argue that Fullinwider's dismissive remarks on moral theories fail to reckon with what is significant and important about moral theorizing and also point out how a sentimentalist ethics and its view of moral education can, pace Fullinwider, be of some practical use to moral educators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-197
Number of pages11
JournalTheory and Research in Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • empathy
  • metaethics
  • moral education
  • moral theories
  • relationships
  • respect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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