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Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development Week 4 Discussion 1

In general, allpeople develop their cognitive abilities at different rates and as Kohlbergpoints out, the majority of people never progress past stage 4 where theyaccept conformity as a necessary part of social order without regard for why arule or law exists (the foundation). In addition to a limited understanding bythe majority of society, we must take into account that police officers arelimited in their abilities as well so it may not be prudent to ask policeofficers to uniformly apply reasoning and understanding of Kohlberg’s moraldevelopment model to everyday situations. It may be more appropriate to askjudges to apply the model because they are typically more educated and older inage with more life experience.

Arecently laid-off husband and father of five steals several food items from alocal grocery store to feed his hungry children.

Thisis immoral behavior for society but moral for the development of his family.This father is in my opinion operating out of a stage 2 moral thinking which isthe instrumental purpose and exchange orientation to advance his self interestof feeding his children.

Aconcerned mother drives 80 miles-per-hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone to get herchild to the hospital. The child has 104 degree fever.

Thisis an immoral act that places the mother, child, and community at a potentiallygreater risk of being injured resulting from an over reaction to a moderatelymild situation that children often experience from typical childhood illnessthat are not life threatening. This mother was operating from a stage 2 as shesees it as her right to recklessly drive to get her child to the hospital asshe sees fit.  

Twoofficers respond to the scene of a reported robbery at a convenience store. While the first officer is interviewing the victim, the second officer isobserved by the first officer taking candy without paying for it. The firstofficer does not say anything.

Thisbehavior is immoral by both officers for stealing and then omitting thewitnessed offense from reporting it.

Williams, C. R., & Arriago, B. A. (2012). Ethics, crime, and criminaljustice (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.need to tell good and bad of post, list references

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