Kohlberg's Critique of Durkheim's Moral Education

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Lawrence Kohlberg's writings on moral education remain the greatest influ-- ence on moral education today in the United States. His student, Carol Gilligan, is one of the most influential writers on feminist ethics and on the idea that there are gender differences in morals. In a remarkable passage, Kohlberg described Emile Durkheim's conception as 'the most philosophi-- cally and scientifically comprehensive, clear and workable approach to moral education extant' (1970: 200). He went on to say that the workability of the system has been demonstrated in Soviet Russia, and describes what he calls the 'logical but to us rather horrifying innovations' suggested by Durkheim's ideas (1970: 201; cf.1987: 263-5).

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Kohlberg's Critique of Durkheim's Moral Education, in W. S. F. Pickering & G. Walford (Eds.), Durkheim and Modern Education, Routledge, p. 46-58