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

Paperback | August 21, 2013

byJohn C. Gibbs

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Moral Development and Reality explores the nature of moral development, human behavior, and social interconnections. The exploration elucidates the full range of moral development, from superficial perception to a deeper understanding and feeling through social perspective-taking. Bycomparing, contrasting, and going beyond the key theories of preeminent thinkers Lawrence Kohlberg, Martin Hoffman, and Jonathan Haidt, author John C. Gibbs tackles vital questions: What exactly is morality and its development? Can the key theoretical perspectives be integrated? What accounts forprosocial behavior, and how can we understand and treat antisocial behavior? Does moral development, including moments of moral inspiration, reflect a deeper reality? This third edition of Moral Development and Reality is thoroughly updated, refined, and expanded. A major addition to this volume is the attention to the work of Jonathan Haidt, a prominent theorist who studies the psychological bases of morality across cultures and political ideologies. Gibbs isauthoritative with respect to Kohlberg's, Hoffman's, and Haidt's theories, thanks in good measure to his privileged position, having worked or been acquainted with all three of these key figures for decades. A new foreword by David Moshman introduces the third edition, calling it "the most importantcontribution to the study of moral development since the turn of the century." Moral Development and Reality will have broad appeal across academic and applied disciplines, especially education and the helping professions. With its case studies and chapter questions, it also serves as a text inadvanced undergraduate and graduate courses in social/developmental psychology and human development.

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Moral Development and Reality explores the nature of moral development, human behavior, and social interconnections. The exploration elucidates the full range of moral development, from superficial perception to a deeper understanding and feeling through social perspective-taking. Bycomparing, contrasting, and going beyond the key theo...

John C. Gibbs, PhD, is Professor of Developmental Psychology at The Ohio State University. His research interests include cross-cultural sociomoral development, parental socialization, empathy, prosocial behavior, and antisocial behavior. Dr. Gibbs innovated a major intervention program for antisocial youth and has developed assessmen...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 21, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

David Moshman: ForewordPreface and AcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. IntroductionSocial Perspective Taking, Reversibility, and MoralityThe Right and the Good: The Moral DomainIntroducing Chapters 3 through 102. Beyond Haidt's New SynthesisThree themesConclusion and Critique3. "The Right" and Moral Development: Fundamental Themes of Kohlberg's Cognitive Developmental ApproachEarly Childhood SuperficialityBeyond Early Childhood SuperficialityStages of Moral Judgment DevelopmentEvaluating Haidt's Challenge4. Kohlberg's Theory: A Critique and New ViewBackgroundKohlberg's Overhaul of Piaget's PhasesAdult Moral Development in Kohlberg's TheoryA Critique and New ViewConclusion5. "The Good" and Moral Development: Hoffman's TheoryThe Empathic PredispositionModes and Stages of EmpathyEmpathy and Prosocial Behavior: Cognitive Complications and Empathy's LimitationsEmpathy, Its Cognitive Regulation, and Affective PrimacyThe Empathic Predisposition, Socialization, and Moral InternalizationConclusion and Critique6. Moral Development, Moral Identity, and Prosocial BehaviorProsocial Behavior: The RescueIndividual Differences in Prosocial BehaviorConclusion: A Spurious "Moral Exemplar"7. Understanding Antisocial BehaviorLimitations of Antisocial YouthsA Case Study8. Treating Antisocial BehaviorThe Mutual Help ApproachRemedying the Limitations and Generating Synergy: The Cognitive Behavioral ApproachSocial Perspective-Taking for Severe Offenders9. Beyond the Theories: A Deeper Reality?Two Case StudiesA Deeper Reality?Moral Insight, Inspiration, and TransformationConclusion10. ConclusionRevisiting the Issue of Moral Motivation and KnowledgeMoral Perception and RealityAppendixReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index