How to Ease up Ungovernability in Moral Dispute? --An Experience Applying Q Methodology to Companion Animal Protection Policy Dispute  (Mr. Chuang-hsien Wu )

It becomes the most difficulty mission for modern government to plan the public policy with moral dispute. Once we talked about morality policy, we always can find variety individual subjective discourse. However, due to lacking in quantity research about these morality policies, the two parties always argued with the counterpart. Even some researchers in mainstream tries to analysis the question, due to methodological shortage, they still can’t figure out the discourse structures in different person, so they often neglect perspectives worth reference in minority public opinion.

The gap become a point Q methodology could link. In our article, we will take companion animal protection policy for a example to understand Q methodology could contribute in moral dispute. On the one hand, our article will condense the consensus about companion animal protection policy in our country. On the other hand, through comparing Q methodology with other research approaches, we carry out feasible recommendations for researchers to choose research approach when facing morality policy.

Keywords: Q methodology, Morality policy, Animal protection, Policy analysis




Department of Religious Studies, Hsuan Chuang University

Life Conservationist Association

HongShi Buddhist Cultural and Educational Foundation


Ministry of Science and Technology,Republic of China

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.

Ministry of Education, R.O.C.

Hsuan Chuang University


Hsuan Chuang University Research Center For Applied Ethics

Buddhist HongShi College