A1 Journal article (refereed)
Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Criticism of Amoral Sex Education (2019)
Ditricho fon Hildebrando moraliai neutralaus lytinio švietimo kritika

Puolimatka, T. (2019). Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Criticism of Amoral Sex Education. Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia, 43(2), 128-140. https://doi.org/10.15388/ActPaed.43.9.

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Puolimatka, Tapio

Journal or series: Acta Paedagogica Vilnensia

ISSN: 1392-5016

eISSN: 1648-665X

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 43

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 128-140

Publisher: Vilniaus Universiteto Leidykla

Publication country: Lithuania

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15388/ActPaed.43.9.

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67785


This article analyzes Dietrich von Hildebrand’s criticism of amoral sex education, which he regards as misleading and anti-educational in many crucial respects. Its content is misleading, because it separates human sexuality from its inherent connection with married love and thereby fails to do justice to the personal and intimate nature of sexuality. Its reductive and neutralizing approach not only fails to develop young people’s capacity for the transcendence implicit in moral agency, it also fails to provide the preconditions for the development of their authe-antic subjectivity. Instead of fostering objectivity, critical thinking and autonomy, amoral sex education promotes a normatively closed educational environment that fails to unfold young people’s potential for value-response and to contribute to the fulfilling of their human potential in general.

Keywords: sexual morality; sexual education; morals

Free keywords: amoral sex education; morality intrinsic to sexuality; moral agency; moral transcendence

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Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

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