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ERIC Number: ED457105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 125
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Kant's Moral Education--On the Cultivation of an Autonomous Person.
Ng, Wang Kee
By focusing the research on Kant's theory of moral education, this Chinese language thesis aims to inquire into the essential nature of morality and the incentive to moral practice to arrive at the basic principles of cultivation of moral personality. The thesis first analyzes and makes a comparison among four schools of moral philosophy: social school, utilitarianism, Christianity, and Mencism. By discussing the differences and similarities of the four schools, it could reveal that the essence of morality is autonomy. Supported by the elaboration of Kant's theory through which the exploration of the source of morality and the establishment of the idea of good, it could again arrive at the conclusion that the essence of morality is autonomy, i.e., human will, according to Kant, being obliged to the law of freedom, is self determining. Based on Kant's relevant works, this thesis concludes the ways to autonomous personality by inquiring into the essence of morality, the incentive to moral practice, the inclinations breach with morality, the restoration of the original disposition to good, and the steps of cultivating moral character. Thus, the thesis sums up two kinds of educational principles in cultivating autonomous personality: the passive educational principle, which is to let the blind force of desire under the control of reason, thus revealing the domination of free will; and the active educational principle, which is to initiate the educated person to respect the internal free will by the inference of reason and the consciousness of freedom. (Contains 18 references.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: Chinese
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