Tweaking the four-component model

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By maintaining that moral functioning depends upon four components (sensitivity, judgment, motivation, and character), the Neo-Kohlbergian account of moral functioning allows for uneven moral development within individuals. However, I argue that the four-component model does not go far enough. I offer a more accurate account of moral functioning and uneven moral development. My proposal retains the account of sensitivity, divides the judgment component into a theorizing component and a reasoning component, and eliminates the motivation and character components.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-123
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Moral Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Aristotle
  • four-component model
  • moral functioning
  • neo-Kohlbergian


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