Moral Thinking

Can you explain the three levels of moral thinking?

Please look for the thread for Kohlberg.

At the preconventional level, you tend you do things out of self-interest, at the conventional level, you do things out of love for others and your community, and at the postconventional level, you do things for broad abstract ethical reasons. So if there is a plate of cookies on the table, young Jimmy will not eat them in the preconventional stage because he doesn’t want to get in trouble. In the conventional stage, he won’t eat them because he knows his dad worked really hard on making them. In the postconventional level, young Jimmy, a budding communist, will take the cookies to distribute them to the less fortunate because eating is a human right.


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