Lecture 6 - ii Heinz Dilemma 1 Stealing costly drug for dying wife b Conscientious Objector i During war should people be out of war because they

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Moral Development I. Factors a. Must have and understand empathy for other people i. Easy to do mean things w/o remorse because can’t understand how it affects other people b. Affective Component (Empathy) i. Genetic ii. 2 year olds understand feeling sad/empathy for someone else 1. Mother says she’s cold, so 2 year old gets blanket for you 2. Act to comfort people 3. Primates can somewhat do this too 4. Suggests we’re not born evil, but with desire to want to help other people a. That is lost somewhere in people c. Cognitive understanding right and wrong i. Child mentally can’t understand some issues d. Behavioral component i. Actions when tempted to do bad, even when know right and wrong II. Cognitive Component a. Lawrence Kohlberg i. Moral dilemmas – stories with dilemmas and asks kids/adults what they’d do 1. Answer and justifications analyzed
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Unformatted text preview: ii. Heinz Dilemma 1. Stealing costly drug for dying wife b. Conscientious Objector i. During war, should people be out of war because they don’t believe killing is right? III. 3 Major Stages of Moral Development a. Preconventional Stage of Thinking i. Selfish ii. Moral decisions based on what’s good for you b. Conventional Thinking i. Decisions made on cultural beliefs and laws ii. Not selfish iii. What’s good for society, but accept society’s rules iv. Most adults v. Good boy/girl – observe what they do and do it c. Postconvential Thinking i. Laws and culture are important and must be obeyed, but also principles that are even higher than laws, rules, and society 1. Right to live 2. Saving a life 3. Individual Rights and Respect ii. Not until adolescence...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2011 for the course PSY 0310 taught by Professor Strauss during the Fall '08 term at Pittsburgh.

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Lecture 6 - ii Heinz Dilemma 1 Stealing costly drug for dying wife b Conscientious Objector i During war should people be out of war because they

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