HomeLUMINAvol. 20 no. 2 (2009)

On Filipino Social Conscience

Christopher Ryan Maboloc

Discipline: Social Science, Humanities



This paper examines the fundamental distinction between the western humanist tradition in Philippine moral education and the idea of a Filipino social conscience. I argue that western morality, which emphasizes on the power of the individual as an autonomous subject, is incompatible with the Filipino experience. There is a need, in this sense, to reshape the tradition of moral education in the Philippines and draw from the richness of traditional Filipino values and the core experience of our sense of solidarity in the family. The youth's moral education, if it is to become the very foundation of a just society and of a society that respects human rights, should make manifest the value of a deeply embedded spirit of a social conscience.