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Moral Development and Reality

Moral Development and Reality
Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman

June 2003 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Moral Development and Reality the author explores moral development through the theories of Kohlberg and Hoffman. The book should find a place not only as classroom reading, but also as a contribution to broader dialogues in the academic community on the question and nature of moral development and behaviour.
Daniel K. Lapsley
1. Introduction
Social Perspective-Taking and the Moral Point of View

The Right and the Good: The Moral Domain

Introducing Chapters Two Through Nine

2. "The Right" and Moral Development: Fundamental Themes of Kohlberg's Cognitive Developmental Approach
Early-Childhood Superficiality

Beyond Centrations and Superficial Judgment

Stages of Moral Reciprocity

Assessing Stages of Immature and Mature Moral Judgment

Concluding Comment

3. Kohlberg's Theory: A Critique and New View

Kohlberg's Overhaul of Piaget's Phases

Adult Moral Development in Kohlberg's Theory

A New View of Lifespan Moral Judgment Development


4. "The Good" and Moral Development: Hoffman's Theory
The Empathic Predisposition

Modes of Empathic Arousal

Empathy and Cognitive Development: Stages of Empathic Distress

The Empathic Predisposition, Cognition, and Affective Primacy

The Empathic Predisposition, Socialization, and Moral Internalization

Conclusion and Critique

5. Moral Development, Moral Sef-Relevance, and Prosocial Behavior
Prosocial Behavior: A Rescue

Individual Differences in Prosocial Behavior

Conclusion: Two Spurious "Moral Exemplars"

6. Understanding Antisocial Behavior
Limitations of Antisocial Youth

A Case Study

7. Treating Antisocial Behavior
The Mutual Help Approach

The Psychoeducational or Skills Training Approach

Evaluation of the Equip Program

Perspective-Taking for Severe Offenders

8. Beyond the Theories: A Deeper Reality?
Two Case Studies

A Deeper Reality?

Moral Insight and Inspiration


9. Conclusion
The Issue of Moral Motivation

Moral Perception and Reality

About the Author

innovative approach with concise case studies.

Dr Charles Phillips
International College, University of Bridgeport
March 8, 2011

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