National Contours for Moral Education: Ireland

Moral Contours

General

Historical figures

BECKETT, Samuel
1906 - 1989
Ireland/France
LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY

 

Multilingual wordsmith. He dramatized the ordinary in life and found meaning in the silences between the words to be as potent as the words themselves. He was shaken by the death of his father, he was active in the French Resistance during WW2, and he chose to wed – moral statements in themselves, even though finding the words for moral sense is commonly a struggle for him in a world of negativity and emptiness.

Life

 Writings

Video

Samuel Beckett (11 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpgOcWZHEcY&list=PLssmvVigZDMlUSU2AksFc_2Z70KthwMV3

BURKE, Edmund
1729 - 1797
Ireland England
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS

A powerfully articulate Anglo-Irish politician, directly engaged with issues of corruption in public life and addressed the balance between the desirability of revolutionary change and the need for durable continuity – in America, France and India. His education began at a Quaker school, then focussed in Law and then finally for some forty years was continued through daily interaction with contemporary politicians. His eloquent speeches apparently made more impact on their readers than hearers – poor delivery distracted from their substance.

Life

Writings

MURDOCH, Iris
1919 - 1999
Ireland England
LITERATURE, PHILOSOPHY

 

Novelist and philosopher who was continually engaging with the matter of moral ingredients of individual and social relationships and behaviour. She was influenced as much by classical authors such as Plato as by contemporary existential authors such as Sartre. She excelled at exploring and conveying theoretical issues and concerns in grounded situational terms. The situations are invariably complex, with great emotional depth, considerable sexual content and intertwining of actual and symbolic experience.

Life

Writings

Video

Iris Murdoch on philosophy and literature (10 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m47A0AmqxQE&list=PL078C8C36FAF80DCF

NIVEDITA, Sr
1867 - 1911
Ireland, India
POLITICS, RELIGION

 

Irish born Methodist and teacher called Margaret Noble who became a Hindu and political activist under the influence of Vivekananda. In addition to her continuing educational and social work activities, she campaigned as an Indian Nationalist against British domination. Powerful example of direct interface between Hindu spiritual vision and moral transformation.

 

  • Life

http://hinduhistory.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/sister-nivedita-1867-1911.html

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=4409

 

  • Writings  

http://sacred-texts.com/hin/niv/index.htm

https://archive.org/details/The.Complete.Works.of.Sister.Nivedita

Current expertise

Independent Researcher, Ireland
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