chapter  19
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TRAINING TO AUTONOMY: KANT AND THE QUESTION OF MORAL EDUCATION

Kantian moral theory does not seem to provide a comfortable environment for thinking about moral education. Education is about development and change. Moral education, where it is something beyond inculcating a list of “dos and don’ts”, involves the creation of a sense of self and other that makes shared moral life possible. But the Kantian moral agent, qua rational agent, is one whose capacity for morality, for good willing, comes with her autonomous nature. We are rational agents; insofar as we are rational, we are autonomous: able to act as morality requires-“from duty.” Apart from training to make moral life easier, there does not appear to be much room to form or develop anything.