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Jean Piaget

The Moral Judgment of the Child

Book cover for Piaget's Moral Judgment of the Child

About the Book

Piaget and his colleagues begin their investigation by analyzing the “rules of the game”—in this case a seemingly simple game of marbles—as handed down from one group of children to another. They observe the child’s acceptance of the consensus rules and describe the moral pressure of the group on the individual. Piaget proceeds to an analysis of lying, cheating, adult authority, punishment, and responsibility, noting and evaluating the changing attitudes of growing children toward these “moral realities.”