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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 09:46 PM

31. I remember there being research by a guy named Lawrence Kohlberg that described moral

reasoning, as a parallel to cognitive development as it was described by Jean Piaget. Kohlberg found that the most common level of achieved moral reasoning was/is that the ends does justify the means, which basically translates to "if you can get away with it (or if it's allowed), it's okay." & that morality is all about avoiding punishment and/or acquiring rewards. There's probably more current stuff to be read on the topic now, but I remember being attracted to this research because, rather than assuming morality is something that comes to us through some external agency, it is the result of one's own abilities to understand and identify with right and wrong through human experience. I think it was also a line of research that was inspired by Stanley Milgram's famous work in the late '50s (?), when in response to discussion about what the Nazis had done in WWII, he set about finding out how much and how severely people will shock others when told to do so by an "authority" figure in what was supposed to be research on learning.

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