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Morality Adrift

Christian Smith

in Lost in Transition

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199828029
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919475 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199828029.003.0001
Morality Adrift

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This chapter begins the exploration of some of the more unsettling aspects of contemporary emerging adult life by focusing on the question of morality, moral beliefs, and moral reasoning. What do emerging adults think about morality? How do they know what is moral? How do they make moral decisions? Where do they think moral rights and wrongs, goods and bads, even come from? What is the source or basis of morality? And how important is it to emerging adults to choose what is morally good? The chapter examines their answers to these and other questions, and then ponders what this all may tell us not only about contemporary emerging adults’ own moral imaginations but also about the larger culture and society that has formed them morally.

Keywords: emerging adults; young people; young Americans; moral beliefs; moral reasoning

Chapter.  24606 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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