Three limitations of kohlbergs theory although

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Three Limitations of Kohlberg’s TheoryAlthough Kohlberg’s theory of Moral Development makes some interesting observations,there are limitations to the results of his study. There are three identifiable limitations to Kohlberg’s Theory. The first limitation addresses the gender bias that is identified by Kohlberg’s primary use of only subjects in his study. The fact that women are not a subject to his study leadsto the bias found in Kohlberg’s assertion that “women seem to be deficient in their moral reasoning abilities when compared to men” (Boundless.com, 2016, para 12). Instead of conducting a study that included females, Kohlberg’s study was focused around Caucasian and upper class boys and men (Boundless.com, 2016). The second limitation of Kohlberg’s work is also focused on the idealism of justice compared to other moral aspects of value. By suggesting that justice is more moral than beliefs of others simply suggests that Kohlberg found other opinions or morals questionable as he presented his own personal views based on his study.
KOHLBERG'S MORAL DEVELOPMENT5The third limitation to Kohlberg’s theory is that it does not allow for situational moral dilemmas. Individuals who are normally morally rounded can make decisions based on individual circumstances and are often influenced by emotion rather than moral reasoning. Kohlberg’s theory suggests that if one is morally intact, he or she will not make decisions based on emotion or situational events. It is well known that emotions often cloud moral judgment. One may act morally in all things until they are confronted with something or someone that irritates his or her moral stability. These limitations do not render Kohlberg’s theory null and void, they simply raise questions as to the validity of his theory based on inconsistencies noted with his study. Moral Reasoning Differences by GenderAn American feminist and psychologist, Carol Gilligan’s theory is that moral voices come in two versions; masculine and feminine. She believes that the feminine voice has more emphasis on protecting one's personal relationships while the masculine voice is based more on logical and individualistic means. "Another theorist, Carol Gilligan, believed that morality is developed by looking at much more than simple justice"(Lefton, 2000, p. 351). Carol Gilligan took her research in a completely different route in terms of the mental ability of males and females and the process in which they developed morally. She observed how boys and girls differed on their views about relationships when dealing with other people. Gilligan believed that

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