Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman explores the nature of moral development, social behavior, and human interconnectedness. By comparing, contrasting, and going beyond the works of pre-eminent theorists Lawrence Kohlberg and Martin Hoffman, author John C. Gibbs addresses fundamental questions: What is morality? Can we speak validly of moral development? Is the moral motivation of behavior primarily a matter of justice or of empathy? Does moral development, including moments of moral inspiration, reflect a deeper reality?   Moral Development and Reality elucidates the full range of moral development from superficial perception to a deeper understanding and feeling through social perspective-taking. Providing case studies and chapter questions, Gibbs creates a unique framework for understanding Kohlberg’s and Hoffman’s influential contributions.    

“The Right” and Moral Development: Fundamental Themes of Kohlberg's Cognitive-Developmental Approach

“The Right” and Moral Development: Fundamental Themes of Kohlberg's Cognitive-Developmental Approach

“The right” and moral development: Fundamental themes of Kohlberg's cognitive-developmental approach

In the last chapter, we noted that young children might be so taken with a mentally retarded man's (Edward's) colorful reaction to a prank that they might not perceive his suffering and the pranksters' self-centered unfairness. Generally, young children overattend to or “center upon” one or another salient feature of a situation and accordingly fail to infer underlying realities. What does it mean in a cognitive sense to say that children grow beyond the superficial in morality? Does the construction of a deeper understanding of fairness or moral reciprocity contribute to one's moral motivation? For example, would an older person's grasp of an unfairness, ...

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