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Examines the similarities and differences among various theories of morality originating in an evolutionary framework, while contrasting them with earlier theories such as Freud's or Kohlberg's. Defends the pluralist view of morality and proposes three "clusters," each of which defines a particular moral area and includes a proposed social and/or evolutionary basis, together with typical self-blaming and other-blaming emotions evoked in violations of that moral area, and the theoretical conceptualizations of the moral area in three leading contemporary theories.

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This approach may provide a framework for seeing the relationships among different theories and for a broader and more integrated understanding of human morality.

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This paper articulates what I believe is a more integrated understanding of moral psychology.

Diane Sunar
Istanbul Bilgi University

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This page is a summary of: Suggestions for a New Integration in the Psychology of Morality, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, June 2009, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2009.00191.x.
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