What Wrongdoers Deserve: The Moral Reasoning Behind Responses to Misconduct

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Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Political Science - 172 pages
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This study analyzes the reasoning process through which individuals determine what consequences are appropriate for those who do wrong. The authors presented six cases of wrongdoing to a large number of teenagers and young adults. This sample was asked what consequences would be appropriate for the wrongdoers and why those proposed consequences would be appropriate. On the basis of the data obtained from the participants, the authors constructed a taxonomy to use in categorizing features of moral reasoning. The authors then applied the taxonomy to compare group and individual modes of moral decision making. The study is significant in its reliance on original data and on its analysis of the thought processes involved in moral decision making.

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R. Murray Thomas" (Ph.D., Stanford University) is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where for three decades he taught educational psychology and directed the program in international education. He began his 50-year career in education as a high school teacher at Kamehameha Schools and Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, then continued at the college level at San Francisco State University, the State University of New York (Brockport), and Pajajaran University in Indonesia before moving to Santa Barbara. His professional publications exceed 340, including 46 books for which he served as author, coauthor, or editor.

R. MURRAY THOMAS served as a Professor of Educational Psychology for 30 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before retiring in 1991. Prior to that position, he taught at the State University of New York in Brockport and at Pajajaran University in Indonesia. He has published widely in the fields of human development and international education. His interests in recent years have focused on issues of moral development.

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