What Is Morality?

Dennis L. Krebs

in The Origins of Morality

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897261 | DOI:
What Is Morality?

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This chapter reviews attempts to define morality. It advances the argument that in order to define morality, we must understand what it means to people in their everyday lives. It reviews theory and research that has examined people’s subjective conceptions of morality, including research conducted by the cognitive-developmental psychologist, Lawrence Kohlberg, and his colleagues. Evidence is advanced that people from all cultures share abstract conceptions of morality, but that people from different cultures instantiate these ideas in different ways. To fully understand what morality means to people, we must attend to the functions that conceptions of morality evolved to fulfill.

Keywords: morality; Kohlberg; culture; subjective conceptions; cognitive-developmental psychology; functions

Chapter.  7158 words. 

Subjects: Psychology

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