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Purpose of Lessons on Character

by Ron Kurtus (1 December 2007)

The purpose of these lessons on character is threefold. First, there is the academic purpose of defining character in the realm of studying virtue, ethics and morality. Second, it is to create an understanding of the value and importance of character in your own life. And finally, it is to show you how to teach character to others, especially young people.

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Academic lessons

The study of character and virtues are part of the field of positive psychology, as well as in studies on human behavior. It is also part of studies of ethics and morality in the area of philosophy and is often included in many religious studies.

We have added to the academic studies of character, virtues, ethics and morality with the concept of dividing character into three types: personal, social, and group-based character. This classification seems to help in showing motivations for the different types of character, as well as to clarify their functions.

Gain understanding

With the different viewpoints on morality, ethics and virtues, the study of character can be confusing. Our lessons will try to help you make sense of the subjects and help guide you through seeing the benefits of applying good character into your own life.

You don't have to become a saint or a perfectionist to have good character. Simple explanations and seeing examples how to move in the right direction will help you achieve your goals in life and to become a better person.

Teaching others

Adults typically don't care to have someone else teach them morality. But they can learn through practical means. But more importantly, providing children with a rationale for good behavior and character cam be effective.

Instead of teaching others what they should do, you can provide them with a logical picture of how it will benefit them if they do have good character.

Summary

One purpose of these lessons on character is to define character in the realm of studying virtue, ethics and morality. A second purpose is to create an understanding of the value and importance of character in your own life. And finally, the purpose is to show you how to teach character to others, especially young people.


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