Lawrence Kohlberg

Psychologist, Author

1927 – 1987

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Who was Lawrence Kohlberg?

Lawrence Kohlberg was an American psychologist best known for his theory of stages of moral development. He served as a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Chicago and at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Even though it was considered unusual in his era, he decided to study the topic of moral judgment, extending Jean Piaget's account of children's moral development from twenty-five years earlier. In fact, it took Kohlberg five years before he was able to publish an article based on his views. Kohlberg's work reflected and extended not only Piaget's findings but also the theories of philosophers G.H. Mead and James Mark Baldwin. At the same time he was creating a new field within psychology: "moral development". Scholars such as Elliot Turiel and James Rest have responded to Kohlberg's work with their own significant contributions. In an empirical study by Haggbloom et al. using six criteria, such as citations and recognition, Kohlberg was found to be the 30th most eminent psychologist of the 20th century.

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Born
Oct 25, 1927
Bronxville
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Chicago
  • Phillips Academy
Employment
  • University of Chicago
  • Harvard University
Died
Jan 19, 1987
Winthrop

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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