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The article talks about a conception of moral education in a craft-tradition. Reading Alasdair MacIntyre’s moral theory, it argues that moral education in a craft-tradition is a threefold concern for: 1) an apprehension of the “human good”, 2) the birthing of virtues through formative habits, and 3) sustenance of the life of virtues in a community through its practices. The article moreover talks about the importance of rules and norms, and the formation of relevant dispositions and passions in one’s progress towards moral maturity. As it is important to train the intellect to know the first principles, it is also equally important to train the appetite in order to pursue the unqualified human good. Failure in either task will constitute a problem in our existential moral conduct.

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