Kohlberg 's Theory Of Moral Development

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Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development The theory of moral development was founded by the psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg. He argued that starting from infancy extending throughout adulthood, we develop a moral compass that guides us through our life. Each moral judgment can be categorized into three levels, pre-conventional morality, conventional morality, and post-conventional morality, with each level encompassing two stages. As we grow older and gain new experiences, we begin to view the world differently and the moral reasoning for our choices evolves. In this paper I will be determining the moral development stages in which the individuals I interviewed belong. I chose four individuals, all from different backgrounds of life, male and female, with their ages ranging from 18-57. Starting from youngest to oldest, Conner—age 18, Jessica—age 21, Katie—age 32, and Dave—age 57. I read each of them a fictional scenario in which a man’s moral fortitude was tested and asked them if what he did was correct and why, giving me an insight into their thought process. The scenario read: Heinz’s wife was dying from a particular type of cancer. Doctors said a new drug could save her. The drug had been discovered by a local chemist and Heinz tried desperately to buy some, but the chemist was charging ten times the money it cost to make the drug and this was much more than Heinz could afford. Heinz could only raise half the money, even with help from his family and friends. He…
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