Criticism on the Aesthetic Education Thought of Cai Yuan-pei
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蔡元培的"以美育代宗教"作为一种学说,至少有四处混淆:一是教育学与美学的论域混淆;二是本体层与作用层的学理混淆;三是欧洲与中国的语境混淆;四是理论与实践的性质混淆。蔡元培的美育思想带有从儒家那里遗传的先天缺陷。以美育代宗教说可能带来的严重后果,是以美学实践代替美学理论的探索,亦即"以美育代美学"。Cai Yuan- pei's theory of " substituting religion with aesthetic education" contains at least four points of confusion. The first is the field confusion between education and aesthetics. The second is the theoretical confusion between ontic layer and functional layer. The third is the contextual confusion between Europe and China. The forth is the confusion between the nature of theory and practice. Cai Yuan- pei's aesthetic education thought inherits congenital defect from Confucianism. The theory of " substituting religion with aesthetic education",which can be regarded as an exploration of substituting aesthetic theory or replacing aesthetics with aesthetic education,may bring about serious consequences.