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Empathy and Moral Development

Empathy and Moral Development
Implications for Caring and Justice

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  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012973

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  • Contemporary theories have generally focused on either the behavioral, cognitive or emotional dimensions of prosocial moral development. This volume provides the first comprehensive account of prosocial moral development in children. The book's focus is empathy's contribution to altruism and compassion for others in physical, psychological, or economic distress; feelings of guilt over harming someone; feelings of anger at others who do harm; feelings of injustice when others do not receive their due. Also highlighted are the psychological processes involved in empathy's interaction with certain parental behaviors that foster moral internalization in children and the psychological processes involved in empathy's relation to abstract moral principles.

    • First comprehensive discussion of prosocial moral development to focus on the three dimensions of development
    • Hoffman is major figure in the field, and this is his first book
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    'Empathy and Moral Development is the most important book on empathy, its cultivation, and its fundamental contribution to moral development and behavior. Hoffman's use of types of moral encounter as an organizational device is inspired. In this one work, we finally have the integrative product of Hoffman's three decades of impressive contributions to the field.' John C. Gibbs, Ohio State University

    'Elegantly written … a useful attempt to make moral reasoning more evidence based.' Richard Ashcroft, The Lancet

    'For over four decades Martin Hoffman has investigated the many facets of moral development, focusing particularly on empathy. In this very important book he integrates his efforts, giving the reader a powerful account of the central role that empathy plays in moral agency. Hoffman's book will serve as a contemporary milestone for both researchers and educators in moral development.' Journal of Moral Education

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    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012973
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and overview
    2. Empathy, its arousal and prosocial functioning
    3. Development of empathic distress
    4. Empathic anger, sympathy, guilt, feeling of injustice
    5. Guilt and moral internalization
    6. From discipline to internalization
    7. Relationship and other virtual guilts
    8. Empathy's limitations: is empathy enough? 9. Empathy and moral principles
    10. Development of empathy-based justice principles
    11. Multiple- claimant and caring-versus-justice dilemmas
    12. The universality and culture issue
    13. Implications for intervention.

  • Author

    Martin L. Hoffman, New York University

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