Ethics Education in Maltese Public Schools: A response to Otherness or a contribution to Othering?

Bernardette Mizzi, Duncan P. Mercieca (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    This paper reflects on the establishment of an Ethics Education Programme for school pupils aged between five and sixteen years who opt out of Catholic Religious Education in Malta. It needs to be seen in the light of the changing demography of Malta and the increasing secularisation of the country, as well as to the growing racism, islamophobia and rejection of the Other to be found all over Europe (and of course beyond). We question if the Ethics Education Programme, in its commitment to ‘totalising’ western ideals of rationality, autonomy, and universal values, is itself rooted in discomfort with the Other and constitutes a form of ethical violence. The work of Emmanuel Levinas on Otherness, sameness and violence is central to this paper.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-19
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Ethics Education
    Volume6
    Issue number1
    Early online date19 Sept 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

    Keywords

    • Ethics
    • Education Programme in Malta
    • Maltese Public Schools
    • Levinas
    • Otherness
    • violence

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