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Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt

John C. Gibbs


Moral Development and Reality explores the nature of morality, moral development, social behavior, and human connection. By comparing, contrasting, and going beyond the prominent theories mainly of Lawrence Kohlberg, Martin Hoffman, and Jonathan Haidt, the author addresses fundamental questions: What is morality, and how broad is the moral domain? Can we speak of moral development (Kohlberg, Hoffman), or is morality entirely relative to diverse cultures (Haidt)? What are the sources of moral motivation? What factors account for prosocial behavior? What are the typical social perspective-taking ... More

Keywords: antisocial behavior, empathy, Jonathan Haidt, Martin Hoffman, Lawrence Kohlberg, morality, moral development, moral reasoning, near-death experience, ontology, prosocial behavior, socialization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John C. Gibbs, author
Professor, Developmental Psychology, The Ohio State University