Care Ethics: A New Perspective of Resolving Contemporary Moral Indifference
Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2019, Pages: 185-190
Received: Nov. 18, 2019; Published: Nov. 18, 2019
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Shumei Wu, School of Marxism, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing, China
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Abstract
With the deepening of China’s reform and opening up and the continuous development of the market economy, interest-driven makes moral individuals present a phenomenon of moral indifference. The moral indifference separates the moral participants into independent individuals, ignores the interpersonal interaction and assembly, and leads to the alienation of human relations and the mistrust between people, which affects the harmony and development of society and has become the bottleneck of restricting China’s moral development. How to resolve moral indifference is a social issue that is urgently needed to be solved in China. This paper tries to propose a theoretical possible solution of resolving contemporary moral indifference, that is, Care ethics. The concept of “Care Ethics” was first put forward by professor Nel. Noddings of American Stanford University in 1980, which highlights the perceptual level of care and emphasizes the intrinsic relational care. The basic idea of care ethical solution to resolve moral indifference performs in four aspects: highlighting the displacement of caregiver’s moral motivation based on moral emotion; emphasizing the construction of the ethical relationship between self and others based on the relation; meeting the real psychological needs of the cared person in a targeted manner; consolidating care behavior based on contextual factors. This paper finally finds that these possible paths will help to liberate the human nature that is currently suppressed, get out of the moral indifference, establish a good social and moral relationship, and achieve harmonious social development.
Keywords
Care Ethics, Moral Indifference, Relation
To cite this article
Shumei Wu, Care Ethics: A New Perspective of Resolving Contemporary Moral Indifference, Humanities and Social Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2019, pp. 185-190. doi: 10.11648/j.hss.20190705.16
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