Virtuous Minds: Intellectual Character Development By Philip E. Dow

Friday, 28 Feb 2014

"Before there can be virtuous action in life, there must first be virtuous thinking that precedes the action."
Philip E. Dow has written an engaging, thoughtful, and timely book titled Virtuous Minds. In this book Dow, a Cambridge-educated school administrator in Kenya, attempts to make a unique contribution to the field of character education, focusing on the traits of "virtuous thinking" or "intellectual character building." The thesis of his book is that before there can be virtuous action in life, there must first be virtuous thinking that precedes the action (22). The book then identifies the cardinal intellectual virtues and makes recommendations on how to acquire those virtues. Dow identifies the audience ...

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