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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: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190878214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190878214.001.0001

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(p.269) 10 Conclusion
Moral Development and Reality

John C. Gibbs

Oxford University Press

The final chapter concludes our use of Kohlberg’s, Hoffman’s, and Haidt’s theories to ponder the moral domain and explore growth beyond the superficial in morality. We recap our critique of Haidt’s theory. We culminate our argument for a coprimacy in moral motivation by relating Kohlberg’s and Hoffman’s theories to motivationally and qualitatively distinct categories of knowledge (logico-mathematical, empirical). We relate logical-moral ideals to an analysis of adaptation and evolution (Piaget, Singer) that is less reductionistic than the pragmatic version offered by Haidt and others. We conclude with some final thoughts on moral development, perception, and behavior vis-à-vis a deeper reality of human connection.

Keywords:   morality, moral motivation, theory, epistemology, ontology (philosophy), quantum mechanics

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