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Moral Development and RealityBeyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt$
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John C. Gibbs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976171

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199976171.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Moral Development and Reality

John C. Gibbs

Oxford University Press

This book explores the development of justice and caring, especially as seen through the theories of Lawrence Kohlberg and Martin Hoffman. It considers whether moral development, including moments of moral inspiration, reflects a deeper reality. It also examines the work of Jonathan Haidt, a prominent theorist who studies the psychological bases of morality across cultures and political ideologies. This introduction provides an overview of the chapters that follow and analyzes social perspective-taking, reversibility, and morality and suggests that there is more to the moral domain than right or wrong based on reversibility.

Keywords:   justice, caring, Lawrence Kohlberg, Martin Hoffman, morality, moral development, reality, Jonathan Haidt, social perspective-taking, reversibility

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