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VASP Brown Bag: Shengyang Xu "Can Moral Education Guide People's Lives?"

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Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign)
Feb 13, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Shengyang Xu (South China Normal University, China)
Registration (light lunch provided with registration)
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Society tends to put morality in the first place, and also tends to think that moral education can guide people's life. To answer the question of whether moral education can guide people's lives, we need to clarify the relationship between moral education, education, and life. First, it is difficult for moral education to solve the problem of the transition between school and community, the problem of human survival, and the problems beyond the moral field. Therefore, moral education cannot guide the life outside of education. Second, moral education can't meet the special requirements of school systems and the needs of human nature, so it cannot guide people's educational life. Third, the function of moral education under the framework of "great moral education" is weakened, so it cannot guide itself. Furthermore, the scholarly responses to "the theory of satisfying needs" and "the theory of sources of happiness" also aim to further illustrate the limitation of moral education.


Xu Shengyang is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education, South China Normal University. His main research interests are the theory of education, especially concerned with how education could relate to people's good life. He pays attention to human nature, moral education and social bracket.

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