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Kohlberg, Lawrence
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(Oct 25, 1927, New York – Jan 1987, Cambridge, MA, by suicide), Jewish philosopher and psychologist. He studied philosophy and psychology in Chicago, submitting his thesis in psychology in 1958. He learned from B. Bettelheim, J. Dewey, and J. Piaget, and from the philosophy of I. Kant, J. Rawls, and Jürgen Habermas. In 1968, Kohlberg was appointed professor at Harvard. In 1969, he elaborated a theory of the cognitive-structural development (III) of moral reasoning on the basis of “dilemma stories” (six-stage model). Kohlberg defined freedom, equali…

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Schreiner, Martin, “Kohlberg, Lawrence”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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