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Teaching Ethics in S. Africa

Submitted by Freddy Mnyongani on Thu, 07-24-2014
Long title
Can Virtue be Taught? Reflections on Teaching Legal Ethics in South Africa
Mnyongani, Freddy
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University of South Africa, South Africa
Conference title
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location
City University London
South Africa
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Whether virtue can be taught or not, is an old philosophical problem which has over the centuries occupied the minds of philosophers. For instance, in the dialogue between Meno and Socrates, Meno asks, “[i]s virtue something that can be taught? Or does it come by practice? Or is it neither teaching nor practice that gives it to a man (sic) but natural aptitude or something else?” This question, asked centuries ago, should continue to behove us as we teach ethics. In South Africa, it has become a practice for most professions to demand that the new members entering the profession should do a compulsory course in ethics, and the legal profession is no exception. This paper seeks to wrestle with Meno’s question and then proceed to the challenges of teaching legal ethics in South Africa today.
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