38th Annual Meeting of
The Association for Moral Education (AME)

Civility vs Incivility:
Respectful disagreement in a divided world


Plenary Speaker

Thursday, November 8, 12:45 – 1:45 pm

What Being Civil Makes Possible

(Abstract available in conference program)

Don Reed Professor of Philosophy, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH, USA.


Reed teaches ethics and history of philosophy at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio). His scholarly research focused for two decades on Lawrence Kohlberg (1927-1987), a psychologist and philosopher of moral development, who in the mid-1970s created the first Just Community School near Harvard University. Reed’s Following Kohlberg: Liberalism and the Practice of Democratic Community (1997) described the importance of that model just community school as a revision of Kohlberg's well-known stage theory of moral development. As a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996-97), Reed conducted biographical research on Kohlberg. His work in moral development took a new turn when he spent two years observing and volunteering in a public high school classroom (2003-04) and two preschool classrooms (2004-05) in Springfield. He then served four years (2006-09) as an elected member of the Board of Education of Springfield City Schools, serving during 2006 as Board President. Reed was guest editor of the 2008 Special Edition of the Journal of Moral Education, titled “Towards an integrated model of moral functioning.” His research now focuses on developing a multi-level model of ethical functioning based on current scientific research on morality. 





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