Journal of East China Normal University(Educational Sciences) ›› 2020, Vol. 38 ›› Issue (11): 101-108.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2020.11.008

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The Crisis and Outlet of China’s Enlightenment about the Prominent Morality and the Weakening Ethics

Yan Conggen   

  1. School of Education, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 311121, China
  • Published:2020-11-16

Abstract: Morality mainly directs one’s spiritual order, while ethics primarily point to the extrinsic social order, so they are not unified, and the appropriate way is keeping balance between morality and ethics. However, in modern enlightenment of our country, morality is increasingly prominent, ethics is gradually weakening. The enlightenment of ethical retreat deviates from the essential pursuit of education, which contributes to the disappearance of individual freedom and the confusion of the spirit, and easily leads to ethical disorder and community decline. To resolve the crisis while fully respecting the achievements of moral education, this study suggests that our country should regard modern ethic community as the starting point of moral education, and take the cultivation of modern ethical people as the goal, using human relations and customs as the main content and means of education to carry out enlightenment.

Key words: moral, ethics, moral education, ethics education