In A Mindful Moral Voice: Mindful Compassion, The Ethic of Care and Education

  title={In A Mindful Moral Voice: Mindful Compassion, The Ethic of Care and Education},
  author={Deborah Orr},
  journal={Philosophical Inquiry in Education},
  • D. Orr
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology
  • Philosophical Inquiry in Education
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