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Core Knowledge and Conceptual Change$
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David Barner and Andrew Scott Baron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190467630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467630.001.0001

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What Develops in Moral Development?

What Develops in Moral Development?

(p.347) 19 What Develops in Moral Development?
Core Knowledge and Conceptual Change

Paul Bloom

Karen Wynn

Oxford University Press

Developmental psychologists have long been interested in conceptual change theories of the nature and the development of certain fundamental human capacities, including our understanding of objects, of number, and of intentional agency. How well does this theory apply to morality? There is some evidence for an innate core of morality, and surely our moral understanding develops over time, both in individuals and within societies. And so the prospects seem promising. This chapter provides a state-of-the-art summary of research into the innate foundations of morality, relating this to the conceptual change framework outlined by Susan Carey and her colleagues.

Keywords:   development, conceptual change, morality, moral understanding, Susan Carey

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