Integrative ethical education: Narvaez’s project and Xunzi’s insight

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In the early 2000s, some scholars suggested integrative ethical education as an approach to reconcile the gap between cognitive-development education, based on rule ethics, and traditional character-ethics education, inspired by character ethics in Western ethical education. Darcia Narvaez also tried to establish a comprehensive and systematic model. Nonetheless, she has indicated four questions that need further research. This paper aims to respond to Narvaez’s project and its questions from the angle of Xunzi’s ritual education. It argues that Xunzi’s thought may provide some insights for Narvaez’s approach. To present this, it begins its discussion with an introduction of the main ideas of Xunzi’s thought. Later, it tries to show the insights from certain notions and elements, such as Junzi, reasoned judgment, of Xunzi’s ritual education for Narvaez’s project of integrative ethical education. Some relevant questions are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1203-1213
Number of pages11
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number13
StatePublished - 10 Nov 2018


  • Darcia Narvaez
  • integrative ethical education
  • Li as Ritual
  • ritual education
  • Xunzi


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