College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Abstract Cultivated Man: The Process to Moral Maturity The moral sentimentalists of the 18th century are being revisited as 21st century empirical studies are pointing to the importance of basing practical ethics and theories of morality on actual human nature. This paper addresses how the development of moral maturity in our students and colleagues may be intentionally supported and encouraged. Considering Joseph Butler on the role of conscience and reflection in moral determinations and choices and introducing John Ugliettas theory on how self-reflection is an important part of developing a mature conscience are starting points. Secondly, consider that interpersonal connections are integral to forming and informing moral sentiments and the affective nature of morality according to the 18th century moral sentimentalists, Hutcheson, Hume and Adam Smith, including the mirroring aspect of developing ones sentiments, values and intellect. Then make a decisive jump to the 21st century with a look at the empirical studies addressed by Shawn Nichols in Sentimental Rules which point to morality having both an objective rules dimension and an affective aspect. After examining these various views on developing moral maturity, it would seem that psychologists and educators may be able to create activities for intentionally promoting ones healthy movement through these processes. I will suggest some but leave most of that to others.
APPE 23rd Annual Meeting
Vandenberg, Phyllis, "Paper presentation" (2014). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 722.
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