Social Perception of Ethical Values in the Romanian Post-Secular Society

Antonio Sandu, Alexandra Huidu, Ana Frunză


The purpose of the research presented in this article was to identify the social perception regarding ethical values and the way they are reflected in the daily activity of the inhabitants in the North-Eastern Region of Romania. The Romanian society is in a developmental phase, characterized by a rejection of the individualistic, modern values and the respect for social, communitary and family values, of (post)traditional lineage. The impact of the religious factor on public morality is significant, as the Romanian society is in a post-secular stage of development. However, religious values are transmitted indirectly, through education received within the family. Research results highlight the existence of a conflict between the ethical values that the individual adheres to in his personal life, and those to which he adheres while participating in the public sphere, especially in his professional activity, and the conflict is solved by a contamination of one of the spheres with the values specific to the other sphere.


Ethical values, post-secular society, value imperialism, conflict of ethical values.

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