An Integrated Theory of Moral Development

by R. Murray Thomas


Components from a variety of existing theories combine with insights from the author's research to create an original theory of moral development.

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May 1997


Pages 384
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Religion/General
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This book is the framework for a new theory of moral development that combines components from a variety of existing theories of human development with the author's original research. The detailed description of the theory is divided into five sections: (1) foundations of development, (2) long-term memory, (3) the influence of environments, (4) working memory, and (5) progressions and stages of development. Each chapter concludes with an exercise demonstrating the application of the new theory, and the final section of the book employs the theory as a lens through which the moral development of four historic figures can be viewed afresh.

Author Info

R. Murray Thomas is professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His published work includes Praeger's Religion in Schools: Controversies around the World; Violence in America's Schools: Understanding, Prevention, and Responses; God in the Classroom: Religion and America's Public Schools; and Manitou and God: North-American Indian Religions and Christian Culture, among other titles.

Topic Centers

Theories and Issues
Delineating the Realm of Moral Values
The Theory: A Short Form, Phase I: Components of Development
The Theory: A Short Form, Phase II: Pathways of Development
Foundations of Development
Genetic Endowment and Maturation
Physiological Conditions
The Nature of Long-Term Memory
Needs and Goals
Facts and Concepts
Causal Relations and Moral Values
Mental Processes and Levels of Consciousness
Moral Self-Identity, Emotions, & Conscience
The Influence of Environments
Fabricators, Critical Incidents, Contexts, and Forms
Functions and Impact Factors
Working Memory
Thinking and Acting
Moral Development Patterns
Alternative Moral Hierarchies
Progressions and Stages in Moral Development
The Theory in Practice: Viewing Lives Through the Theory Lens
Exemplars of Heroic Morality
Exemplars of Blemished Morality
Unfinished Business

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