Moralia: The Structure and Dynamics of Morals in Thinking over the Course of Life

By Sonja Ehret, PhD.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Moral development over the life span was analysed in a German sample. In total, 93 participants divided into four age groups (range 15 – 83 years) were asked to judge a care dilemma. The results let us suggest that moral cognition in old age is indeed simplified, but that such simplification has internalized the complex structures of middle age, quasi embodied. For example, harm reduction as a prior proposition of a higher order in middle age changes in old age to a secondary proposition.

Keywords: Moral Development, Old Age, Dilemma, Care, Harm, Dementia

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.49-59. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 376.963KB).

Dr. Sonja Ehret, PhD

Senior Researcher, Institute for Gerontology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Sonja Ehret, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Her research focuses on aspects of a humanistic gerontology as well as on philosophical gerontology. She has created and evaluated companionship on themes of being, a psychosocial intervention for persons with dementia. Her theoretical research is concerned with the theory of themes of being, dealing with life themes in a philosophical manner.