Kohlberg Background

By:Chasity Truslow

Lawerence Kohlberg was born in Bronxville, New York in 1927. Kohlberg was born into a wealthy family that ensured the best education for their son. He was educated at one of the finest prep schools in New York. However, Kohlberg was not into riches that his family was and decided to become a sailor in the Marines. During his time of being a sailor, he smuggled many Jews onto the merchant ships where he began interested in moral development.

After spending time as a sailor, Kohlberg decided to study Psychology at the University of Chicago where he eventually earned his PH.D. In his studies he continued studying his interest of moral reasoning and development. He followed in the footsteps of John Dewey and Jean Piaget.

Kohlberg gathered most of his information through surveys where he proposed his subjects with a moral dilemma and gathered his information from thier responses. From this research he came up with his theory of moral development.

Lawerence Kohlberg’s research was invigorating and considered life-changing in the field of Psychology

Tragically in January of 1987, Lawerence Kohlburg disappeared and his body was later found in a swamp area in Central American. Its was speculated that Kohlberg committed suicide but this is still unsure.



Nucci, L. (2008). Retrieved from http://tigger.uic.edu/~lnucci/MoralEd/overview.html

Anne Colby, Lawrence Kohlberg, John Gibbs, Marcus Lieberman, Kurt Fischer and Herbert D. Saltzstein
Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development
Vol. 48, No. 1/2, A Longitudinal Study of Moral Judgment (1983), pp. 1-124
The Claim to Moral Adequacy of a Highest Stage of Moral Judgment
Lawrence Kohlberg
The Journal of Philosophy
Vol. 70, No. 18, Seventieth Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division (Oct. 25, 1973), pp. 630-646

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