Digest of terms

triune ethic

this approach to practical ethics extrapolates from a current development in neuroscience - triune brain theory - to create a basis for an interventionist moral education. It is principally developed by Darcia Narvaez. She invokes evidence to suggest that each child brings to nursery or infant school their own 'biosocial grammar' which is constructed from the interplay of genetic inheritance and caregiver environment. This is amenable to the development of three complementary ethical modes or mind-sets - of self-protective security, of engagement with others and of imagination which can reason beyond the present instance and location. It is the responsibility of moral education to work with each of these givens towards greater individual fulfilment.

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