11 Gilligan’s view on moral development: Carol Gilligan’s perspective on moral development diverges from Lawrence Kohlberg’s theory by highlighting gender differences and the importance of relationships and care ethics. Gilligan argued that while Kohlberg’s stages focused on abstract principles and justice, they did not adequately consider the moral reasoning that centers around care and responsibility.

She proposed that women often emphasize an ethic of care, valuing relationships and empathy. Gilligan’s theory broadened the understanding of moral development, acknowledging the cultural and gender-based influences on how individuals perceive and make ethical decisions. Her work challenged the previously male-centered model of moral development and paved the way for a more inclusive and contextually nuanced approach.


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