Role virtue ethics and academic ethics: a consideration of academic freedom

Gibbs, Paul ORCID logoORCID: (2013) Role virtue ethics and academic ethics: a consideration of academic freedom. International Journal of Educational Management, 27 (7) . ISSN 0951-354X [Article]


Purpose - This paper is an interweaving of virtues ethics perspectives of the relational and role-grounded with the situational and agent and is explored through the patterns of academic freedom. It uses a notion of Confucian-inspired ‘role virtue ethics’ where obligation, procedure and virtue mix in a relational way with a community of scholarly practice. This counter-intuitive linking of ritual with freedom reveals the importance of the former in defending and maintaining academic freedom; a freedom with rule based obligations.
Design/methodology/approach - Applied philosophical approach to a pressing problem in higher education and indeed to all education
Findings - The paper seeks a preliminary blending of Eastern and Western understanding to proceed to a ‘virtue role ethic’ for higher education scholars and is presented as a more relational way of being than the contemporary notion of being a fitting scholar in higher education.
Practical implications - A synthesis of Western and Confucian approach may offer insights to other ethical issues for educational management
Originality/value - The development of role virtue ethics more the discussion away from dispositions and from situational to a blending of both.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 10959
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Depositing User: Paul Gibbs
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2013 07:04
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 03:43

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