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

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

98 Downloads (Pure)

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
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Ethics Education
Early online date19 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Sep 2020

Keywords

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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Ethics Education in Maltese Public Schools: A response to Otherness or a contribution to Othering?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this