Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development Week 4 Discussion 1
In general, all
people develop their cognitive abilities at different rates and as Kohlberg
points out, the majority of people never progress past stage 4 where they
accept conformity as a necessary part of social order without regard for why a
rule or law exists (the foundation). In addition to a limited understanding by
the majority of society, we must take into account that police officers are
limited in their abilities as well so it may not be prudent to ask police
officers to uniformly apply reasoning and understanding of Kohlberg’s moral
development model to everyday situations. It may be more appropriate to ask
judges to apply the model because they are typically more educated and older in
age with more life experience.
recently laid-off husband and father of five steals several food items from a
local grocery store to feed his hungry children.
is immoral behavior for society but moral for the development of his family.
This father is in my opinion operating out of a stage 2 moral thinking which is
the instrumental purpose and exchange orientation to advance his self interest
of feeding his children.
concerned mother drives 80 miles-per-hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone to get her
child to the hospital. The child has 104 degree fever.
is an immoral act that places the mother, child, and community at a potentially
greater risk of being injured resulting from an over reaction to a moderately
mild situation that children often experience from typical childhood illness
that are not life threatening. This mother was operating from a stage 2 as she
sees it as her right to recklessly drive to get her child to the hospital as
she sees fit.
officers respond to the scene of a reported robbery at a convenience store.
While the first officer is interviewing the victim, the second officer is
observed by the first officer taking candy without paying for it. The first
officer does not say anything.
behavior is immoral by both officers for stealing and then omitting the
witnessed offense from reporting it.
Williams, C. R., & Arriago, B. A. (2012). Ethics, crime, and criminal
justice (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.need to tell good and bad of post, list references