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PSYD22 Chap 2-Moral Stages and Moralization 6 Moral Development stages (Kohlberg) Stages of logical reasoning/intelligence (Piaget): (After learning to speak)- Intuitive stage, concrete operational (age 7), and then formal operational (adolescence) Most people are in at least partial formal operational stage, if they’re fully in concrete their limited to preconventional stage 1 and 2 of morals. If low level formal, stage 3 and 4 of morals. You can be at a higher logical stage than moral but never the opposite. After logical development comes social perception and roletaking, which is easier than judging right or wrong (morals). Vertical sequence for moral stages 1-6 (pre-conventional to post-conventional), and horizontal sequence from logic, to social perception, to moral development. Pre-conventional is doing what you want (rules external to self), conventional is doing what society wants (rules internalized with self), and post-conventional is doing what you think is morally right. (differentiating between rules and self) Judging by principle rather than by convention. Selman defines role-taking as the way individuals differentiate their perspective with others’ Sociomoral perspective- the point of view the individual takes in defining both social facts and sociomoral values, or ought’s. Moral Judgement Social Perspective Pre-conventional Concrete individual perspective Stage 1- Heteronomous Morality Egocentric point of view Don’t break rules to avoid punishment Doesn’t care what others think. Stage 2- Individualism Concrete Individualistic perspective Following rules to meet own needs Realize that everyone has own interests Conventional Member-of-society perspective Stage 3- Mutual Interpersonal Relationships with others Expectations & Conformity Being good for others. Loyalty. Aware of shared feelings, empathy. Stage 4- Social Systems and Conscience Societal point of view vs Interpsonal motive Following rules to keeps system stable See perspective of society and the system Post-conventional Prior-to-society perspective Stage 5- Social Contract/Indiv Rights Realizing that sometimes morals and legal Realizing that rules are for the good rules conflict of all people and for liberty. Stage 6- Universal Ethical Principles Perspective of a Moral Point of View Self chosen rational perspectives Realizing that people need to be treated like people Post-conventional perspective is all about 1. Society or social practices may be judged, and 2. A person may rationally commit himself to a society. When moral obligations conflict with legal, morals usually win for post- conventional. While stage 4 is more of a system perspective, stage 3 is more of a participant in a shared relationship or group. Stage 1 is only about yourself, while stage 2 your aware of others opinions and feelings too but still all about yourself. Stage 5 puts laws and morals on an equal plane, stage 6 is all about personal justice, so that each person as treated as an end, not a means. You look at the basic thing from which legal’s and morals can be derived. Four Moral Orientations and the Shift toward Greater Equilibrium within Stages Perception- of social fact is (role taking), Prescription of the right or good is (moral judgement) The following are Moral Categories: Modal Categories: (such as rights, duties, the mutually approvable, responsibility) and Elemental Categories: (such as welfare, liberty, equality, reciprocity, rules and social order) There are also four Moral Orientations: 1. Normative order: Orientation to prescribed rules and roles of the social or moral order. Basic considerations in decision making center on the element of rules. 2. Utility Consequences (Utilitarian): Orientation to the good or bad welfare consequences of action in the situation for others and/or the self. 3. Justice or Fairness: Orientation to relations of liberty, equality, reciprocity, and contract between persons. 4. Ideal-self: Orientation to an image of actor as a good self, or as someone with conscience, and to his motives or virtue (relatively independet of approval consequences from others). So some people just follow the rules to respect the rules, some care about the welfare of others, others have an idealized moral self that they base their actions on, and others identify morality with justice. Examples for Why you shouldn’t steal from a store: Normative: It’s always wrong to steal because when you start breaking rules, everything goes to pieces. Utilitarian: You’re hurting other people, the storeowner has a family to support. Justice: The storeowner worked hard for his money and you didn’t. Ideal-self: A person who isn’t honest isn’t worth much. Stealing and cheating are both the same, they are both dishonesty. All these view points may be used at the same time but justice is most essential. Moral situations are conflicts of interest/perspectives, and justice is the resolve. Justice can be all four orientations, but the core of justice is: The distribution of rights and duties regulated by concepts of equality and reciprocity. Justice is the balance or equilibrium between social actions and relations. Longitudinal studies where Normative and utilitarian is type A and ideal self/ justice is type B, shows that Type A people make judgments more descriptively and predictively, in terms of whats already out there, and type B is prescriptively/internal in terms of what ought to be. So type B shows awareness of rules and judges their fairness. For the 6 stages from before, substage A is all about what does the system demand, and substage B takes it a step further and tries to strike a balance between the system and individual rights in a democratic way. Methodology in assessing moral judgment development To identify moral stage from interviews, they used “aspect scoring”, this has two methods, (sentence scoring, and story rating) Stage 1: (aspect scoring) Rules: try to follow it because of fear of punishment. Conscience: Things are only wrong because of punishment. Altruism: Only cares about self, not others. Duty: only obligation to self, not others. Self-interest: Don’t even look out for yourself because of fear of punishment. Limits of Aspect Scoring: Has too much extraneou
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