The Development of Morality. Anna Floyd 2004. Presentation Overview. Theory Definition A history of perspectives on moral development Current debates What Develops? Moral Judgment: a closer look at Piaget and Kohlberg Children’s behavior and moral development Observations
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The Development of Morality
Morality - the distinguishing of right from wrong
(However, what is considered right and what is considered wrong is undeniably subjective)
(Duska & Whelan, 1975)
than did other current psychologistsof the time
"In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $400 for the radium and charged $4000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman’s husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money and tried every legal means, but he could only get together about $2000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying, and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, ‘No, I discovered the drug and I’m going to make money from it.’ So, having tried every legal means, Heinz gets desperate and considers breaking into the man’s store to steal the drug for his wife." (cited from website: http://www.petalk.com/humanist/behavior-morality.html )
Question: Did Heinz do the right thing? Why or why not?
(Emler, Palmer-Canton, & St. James, 1998; Emler & Stace, 1999, in Nucci, 2003)
Leaving theory section
Now a look at children's behavior
Changes children make in second year and how we know they make them
doesn’t restrain self