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Cognitive Moral Development

The basic tenet of moral development, understood as a cognitive process (thus also called cognitive moral development), is grounded in the belief that human nature is naturally good. As humans, people lean toward an awareness of the good and have a preference for it, rather than for evil and injustice, although they do not always achieve this inclination in their behavior. Human nature is also self-realizing and self-perfecting in its moral understanding. People’s morality, or cognitive moral development, grows along with their physical growth and social capabilities. Both individually and in social interaction, the human species evolves mature moral conscience and character despite the many potential psychological and social impediments that could slow or derail the process for a time.

Supporting these beliefs are the discoveries ...

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