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|Other Titles:||The Empathic Theory of Moral Development|
Department of Civil Education and Leadership, NTNU
In this study the exploration f moral development shifts from the right to the good. In particular, the shifts are from a concern with how humans grow beyond superficial moral judgment to a concern with how humans grow beyond superficial moral feeling and from cognitive sources of motivation such as justice or reciprocity to affective sources such as benevolence or empathy. Accordingly, the conception of moral motivation will expand. This study leads to a more balanced and comprehensive understanding of moral development. “The right” is in a sense just as primary as “the good” in morality. The construction of ideal and “necessary” moral reciprocity has a place in moral motivation that affective primacy fails to capture. If reciprocity is akin to logic, then reciprocity and its violation generate a motive power in its own right, one that can join the motive power of empathy. As we turn our attention more fully to social behavior and its motivation, we will also need the resources of the empathic theory. Hoffman’s theories would enable an adequate understanding of prosocial and antisocial behavior.
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