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Empathy and Moral Development : Implications for Caring and Justice - Martin L. Hoffman

Empathy and Moral Development

Implications for Caring and Justice

Paperback Published: 8th April 2002
ISBN: 9780521012973
Number Of Pages: 342

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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.

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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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Innocent Bystander
Empathy, Its Arousal, and Prosocial Functioningp. 29
Development of Empathic Distressp. 63
Empathic Anger, Sympathy, Guilt, Feeling of Injusticep. 93
Guilt and Moral Internalizationp. 113
From Discipline to Internalizationp. 140
Virtual Transgression
Relationship Guilt and Other Virtual Guiltsp. 175
Is Empathy Enough?
Empathy's Limitations: Over-Arousal and Biasp. 197
Empathy and Moral Principles
Interaction and Bonding of Empathy and Moral Principlesp. 221
Development of Empathy-Based Justice Principlesp. 250
Multiple-Claimant and Caring-Versus-Justice Dilemmasp. 263
The Universality and Culture Issuep. 273
Implications for Socialization and Moral Educationp. 287
Referencesp. 299
Author Indexp. 319
Subject Indexp. 325
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ISBN: 9780521012973
ISBN-10: 052101297X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 8th April 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.5