Personality Structure and Moral Development: Exploring the Interface

By Emma Pivato.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Philosophy and Psychology have both dealt independently with problems which fall under the general rubric of moral psychology, i.e. how predictable is moral behavior and what causes a particular individual to behave as he or she does. It is the thesis of this paper that a greater collaboration between the two disciplines might lead to some deeper and more satisfying answers in this area. One personality style is explored considering the questions above from the perspectives of the two disciplines to demonstrate the point.

Keywords: Moral Terminology, Personality Structure, Moral Judgment, Psychosocial Explanations of Behavior

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.195-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 454.783KB).

Dr. Emma Pivato

Visiting Professor, Athabasca University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Emma Pivato has an M.A. in Philosophy (Existentialist Ethics) and a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology (Creativity Theory) as well as post-graduate training in psychopharmacology and psychological and neuropsychological assessment. She has 25 years experience as a clinical and consulting psychologist in hospital, school and community settings. Special interests include disability studies (a book and various papers and conference presentations) and personality theory with emphasis on Cluster B (conference presentations and development of specialized group training sessions for clients). Currently, she develops and teaches graduate courses in the Centre for Integrated Studies at Athabasca University. These include The Evolution of Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder in History, Literature, Film and Public Life and a previously developed course on Behavioral Analysis.

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