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Any of the three stages of moral development, each divided into two levels, proposed by the US psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg (1927–87) on the basis of research in which he confronted children with stories that posed moral dilemmas. Kohlberg developed his theory in a series of investigations, beginning with his doctoral dissertation in 1958 and culminating in his book Stages in the Development of Moral Thought and Action (1969). See conventional morality, postconventional morality, preconventional morality.

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