Master lecture


Moral Identity and Reasoning: A Cultural-Developmental Approach

Lene Arnett Jensen, Clark University, MA, USA

This presentation will highlight the Cultural-Developmental Approach to morality, including recent empirical findings with emerging adults from different countries. The Cultural-Developmental Approach represents a new way of constructing theory. The approach lays out developmental trajectories for the three Ethics of Autonomy, Community, and Divinity. In turn, as will be described, these trajectories are conceptualized as “templates” that accommodate cultural differences. The trajectories are flexible rather than fixed. The argument is that in today’s global world, social science theories need to incorporate multiplicity and flexibility in order to have relevance and application to the lives of culturally diverse individuals and groups.

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