The Elements of Moral Literacy

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The Elements of Moral Literacy


SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT

By JESUS ESTANISLAO

DR. Tiongco continues with his elaboration on "moral literacy" and brings out three elements associated with it. Let us follow what he teaches us:

"This definition suggests that, as a set of competencies, moral literacy has three key elements (here I use Nancy Tuana's framework): Ethics sensitivity, ethical reasoning skills, and moral imagination.

"Ethics sensitivity includes all of the following: The ability to determine whether or not a situation involves ethical issues; the awareness of the seriousness of the harm and/or urgency of a given ethical situation (or of a possible response to it); and the ability to identify the moral virtues or values at play in a specific case or situation.

"Ethical reasoning skills include the ability to identify and weigh the facts (as well as the inferences from such facts) relevant to the ethical decision or choice that one has to make and the ability to engage in critical thinking and reasoning.

"Moral imagination refers to the blend of affective and rational processes involved in the use of the imagination. It includes abilities such as empathy for the feelings and desires of others, 'out-of-the-box' thinking to come up with creative but morally acceptable alternative ways of acting in a given situation, and envisioning the potential help or harm that one's decision or action can bring about. …

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