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Two Approaches of Western Research of Moral Personality

WANG Yun-Qiang;GUO Ben-Yu   

  1. College of Educational Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Received:2008-10-21 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2009-07-15 Published:2009-07-15
  • Contact: GUO Ben-Yu

Abstract: The research of moral personality is a new theme of western moral psychology, which has two approaches: the trait approach and the social-cognitive approach. The trait approach view moral personality as some personality traits correlating with morality, and have done many researches on the natural conception of moral exemplar and real moral exemplar. The social-cognitive approach explains moral personality with social-cognitive schema, knowledge structure and cognitive-affective mechanism which reveals the individual inner dynamic psychological process. Future researches of moral personality should emphasize the connection of the two approaches, strengthen the researches of developmental process and influential factors, and pay attention to the integration of multi-levels and multi-disciplines.

Key words: moral personality, trait, social-cognition