- On the basis of an analysis of moral judgements and choices, this paper discusses moral motivation grounded in the desire to maintain and express one's personal identity as a good, or "good enough", person.
- This identity is perceived as a link between moral knowledge and commitment to moral action.
- Identity-based motivation encourages a pluralistic and tolerant view of other norms.
- Since it is based on personal identity, it suggests a new situation in education. The aim of moral education will be the development of an identity with an orientation towards the desirable rather than an instrumentalist orientation.
- It is suggested that the school should serve as a "culture preserve", offering a model of identity. In order to fulfill this mission the school must present, with full awareness of the dangers of this approach, a comprehensive system of values, beyond morality in the narrow sense.
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