Originally published in 1969 this book analyzes the development of moral judgement in children and adolescents. Interviews were held with 360 children aged 7 to 17, with equal numbers of either sex. Original visual devices were planned to elicit judgements in moral areas known to be of universal significance, such as the value of life, cheating, stealing and lying. In addition, analyses of concepts of reciprocity, of the development of conscience and of specificity in moral judgement were derived from the tests. The book inlcudes a critical survey of previous work in this field and places the research in its wider philosophical, psychological and sociological context.
Table of Contents
1. The Study of Moral Judgement 2. The Patterns of Development 3. The Research Project 4. The Value of Life 5. Reciprocity and Conscience 6. Cheating 7. Stealing 8. Lying 9. Specificity and Generality in Lying 10. Written Tests 11. Statistical Analysis
David E Cooper is Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at Durham University, having previously taught at the universities of Oxford, Miami and London. He has been a Visiting Professor in the USA, Canada, Germany, Malta, South Africa and Sri Lanka and the Chair of several learned societies, including The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain.