Review of Research on Applied Ethics in China in the Last Thirty Years: With a Focus on Design Ethics



In the 1960s and 1970s, study on applied ethics rose in the West. However, study of applied ethics in China started since the reform and opening up and it has gone through three different stages of development: the start from the end of 1970s to the end of 1980s, the development in the 1990s and the deepening in early 21st century. In the course of nearly three decades of development, research of applied ethics in China has made certain achievements, but it is not complete and has some prominent issues. This paper focuses on design ethics, has a brief review of the research of applied ethics in China in the last three decades, reflects the research results of applied ethics, and looks to its future development direction.


Applied ethics; Design ethics; Prospect

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