Moral and Altruistic Development I

The Roles of Cognition and Context
  • Kevin B. MacDonald
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


The subjects of altruism and moral development are closely linked and both topics can be treated in ways that emphasize cognitive processing or in ways that emphasize the importance of affect and socialization. Whereas in Chapter 8 the latter features will be emphasized, in the present chapter the cognitive aspects of these topics will be presented. Following a presentation of some of the principal perspectives in the cognitive-developmental approach to moral development and a brief sketch of a sociobiological perspective on these topics, the empirical literature derived from these approaches will be reviewed, with an emphasis on how the data fit with the evolutionary perspective.


Moral Reasoning Moral Development Moral Behavior Altruistic Behavior Affective Relationship 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin B. MacDonald
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  1. 1.California State University-Long BeachLong BeachUSA

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