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|Other Titles:||C. Taylor's Criticism of Moralism and the Implications of His Spiritual Ethics for Moral Education|
Department of Education,National Taiwan Normal University
The focus of moral philosophy in modern democratic societies is more concerned with an individual's obligatory actions and his or her rights to freedom and to equality than what is considered morally good. C. Taylor (1931-), a significant contemporary philosopher, has deemed the aforementioned moral philosophy "moralism," which opposes "ethics," because ethical discourse places the highest priority on defining goodness and love. Taylor contends that the sources of moralism are vulnerable, lack stability, and fail to consider the good. The ability for people to express compassion and love toward each other is easily eclipsed by moralism, and this induces the expression of "righteousness." Taylor's ethics specifically identifies the transcendent as the greater moral source and provides a new understanding of the relationships between the self and the good, the self and the other, and the self and the transcendent, as well as a more powerful motivation to behave morally. Based on Taylor's ethics, this study highlights the significance of moral education that should reinstate the weight of the good, thereby assisting in the cultivation of students' wisdom and spirituality.
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