Moral Development Theories-- Secular and Religious: A Comparative Study

Moral Development Theories-- Secular and Religious: A Comparative Study

Moral Development Theories-- Secular and Religious: A Comparative Study

Moral Development Theories-- Secular and Religious: A Comparative Study

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A few books describe a variety of secular theories of moral development. And numerous books compare two or more religious traditions. But I have not found any that furnish both a sampling of secular models of moral development and a sampling of moral development theories deriving from religious doctrine. The purpose of the present book is to provide such an offering. My intention has been to display within the covers of a single volume this pair of perspectives toward moral development--the secular and the religious--that typically are isolated from each other in scholarly discourse.

Obviously there is far too little space in this one book to include descriptions of all available moral development theories. Therefore, the following pages do not pretend to furnish a definitive survey of the field. Rather, the collection represents only the most apparent major types of theories-- secular and religious--and several lesser variants of secular models and minor religious faiths.

The principal secular varieties include commonsense attribution theory, cognitive-structural models, social-learning theories, psychoanalysis, Marxist conceptions, and a composite theory. The major religious persuasians are those of the Judaic-Christian-Islamic line, Hinduism and three derivatives (Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism), and the Confucian and Shinto belief systems.

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