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Title: Is students' morality a key factor in taking sustainable action?


1
Is students' morality a key factor in taking
sustainable action?
  • Lavinia Ioana UDREA
  • l.i.udrea_at_keele.ac.uk
  • Philosophy PhD Student
  • School of Politics, Int'l Relations Philosophy,
  • Keele University.

2
Context
  • Why not think about morality as an instrument
    that can boost students motivation to take
    sustainable actions and reduce their ecological
    footprint?

3
Transparency in research
  • This research is not placed on the political
    level,
  • but on a social level of activism, where action
    is not motivated by political force,
  • but by social encouragement.

4
The value-action gap
  • Values might be a necessary, but not a
    sufficient, condition, for the right behaviour.

5
Adopting an externalist position
  • EXTERNALISM states that human behaviour is
    influenced by external factors we come across in
    our existence which can facilitate the
    realisation of our moral judgments.

6
The process of human action
A belief/ moral judgement motivates when the
agent has the disposition to be motivated.
7
The moral student
  • A student that follows his moral judgment will
    take into consideration
  • the standard of morality
  • that dictates a common sense way of acting
  • that guarantees positive outcomes into the
    future.

8
A motivational instrument
  • Moral judgment intrinsically motivating
    belief that find their origin in a standard of
    morality.
  • A moral judgment is concerned with what a person
    ought to do and is connected to a sense of moral
    responsibility.
  • In the cultivation of moral responsibility we
    will use moral judgments because of their
    practicability to predict human action.

9
The effect of moral judgments - Moral Mode
  • Moral mode describes the human mode that is
    motivated by a moral judgment.
  • Moral judgement -gt Moral Action
  • Students need to be educated to follow their
    moral judgements that dictate them to take
    responsibility for their actions.

Moral Mode Moral Mode Moral Mode Moral Mode Moral Mode Moral Mode
Moral Judgment Moral Judgment
Internal motivational factors Moral desire (gets the world to fit them) - -
External motivational factors Contextual motivation - -
Moral Action/ Result Moral Action/ Result
10
A shared morality
  • We must discuss a shared morality that students
    worldwide would take into consideration.
  • An intrinsically motivating judgment is
    determined by common sense and is easy to be
    recognized by the majority of people due to the
    general acceptance that this judgment is good in
    itself.
  • Students will take sustainable action if they
    find their motivation in a set of moral judgments
    that are based on common sense.

11
Environmental Ethics Workshops
  • The reason for organizing the environmental
    ethics workshops is to give participants the
    chance to discover that their shared values have
    positive implications for environmental
    protection.

12
Is students' morality a key factor in taking
sustainable action?
  • Yes. In addition, I will emphasise the importance
    of human relationships
  • that can facilitate the cultivation of moral
    motivation in groups of students that are open to
    working together
  • for the well-being of the environment.

13
Conclusions
  • I am working to
  • develop an effective strategy that will enable
    students to become aware of their moral judgments
  • provide them with the information necessarily to
    acquire specific moral values that concern
    environmental protection.
  • I hope that this exercise in applied moral theory
    will offer activists and policy makers alike
    grounds for an alternative approach to
    encouraging pro-environmental behaviour.

14
  • Thank You for Your Attention!
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