Movies and Morals: Energizing Ethical Thinking among Professionals



This article examines the use of film in the administrative ethics classroom, with special attention to energizing the moral imagination of professionals. Challenged by a shift in student demographics reflecting the emergence of the new public service, instructors must consider alternatives to pedagogies based on normative and applied ethics. Approaches designed to stimulate the moral imagination of students (based on contemporary metaethical perspectives) need to be considered. Using his experience with movies in the ethics classroom, the author argues that films are particularly effective in energizing the moral imagination.

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Journal of Public Affairs Education


National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

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