Submitted By bakerje1985
Q; “List and explain the six stages in Kohlberg’s theory or moral Development”
Just for a little background about Kohlberg, he was concerned about the expanding knowledge of cultural values and the implications of this knowledge in the support of the position of ethical relativity. All being different he believed there is an underlying continuity to structures of moral development throughout all cultures. (Krasemann, 2012) The six stages include: Stage 1. The Punishment and Obedience Orientation, Stage 2. The Instrumental/Relativist Orientation, Stage 3. The Interpersonal Concordance Orientation, Stage 4. The “Law and Order” Orientation, Stage 5. The social Contract Orientation, and Stage 6. The Universal-Ethical-Principal Orientation. Let’s start with stage 1. The Punishment and Obedience Orientation. This states that if you so something wrong then you will get punished. In today’s society I see this as flawed because the younger generation does not care about the consequences, all they care about is the gratification of the act at that moment. How would you choose to help stop this trend, I am confused! Stage 2. The Instrumental/Relativist Orientation is all about you help me and I’ll help you mentality. There is no thought by people anymore to do something just because it is right, it’s all about “What’s in it for me !” Do you think that if the children were brought up to respect others more that they would think about others thoughts and feelings? I think this brings up a big flaw in that things will not get done if there is nothing tangible in in it for people, do you agree and how could we change this?
Stage 3 The Interpersonal Concordance Orientation. This boils down to people pleasers, yes men, butt kissers, etc… How can these people get anywhere in life if all they do is conform and do what is expected of them and nothing…...