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.    

Understanding Antisocial Behavior

Understanding antisocial behavior

This chapter and the next continue the application of moral knowing and feeling—especially what we have learned of moral knowing and feeling through study of Kohlberg's and Hoffman's developmental theories—to social behavior. From the last chapter's focus on variables of prosocial behavior, we shift at this point in our exploration to the understanding and treatment of antisocial behavior. According to Kohlberg's and Hoffman's theories, the key principle of treatment for antisocial behavior is at least in part the same as that for facilitating children's social decentration and moral judgment development or for socializing prosocial norms and empathic motivation. Whether the aim is to cognitively facilitate or empathically socialize, the key is to give egocentrically biased or self-centered individuals—children, adolescents, adults—opportunities ...

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