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ERIC Number: ED445381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 21
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Universal Elements in Human Nature: The Putative Connection between Moral Development and Formal-Pragmatic Presupposition Awareness.
Stroud, Scott R.
This study attempts to demonstrate a correlation between college students' moral stage level and their recognition of formal-pragmatic presuppositions of communicative action. Jurgen Habermas has posited the existence of formal-pragmatic presuppositions that are assumed in every act of communicative behavior. Lawrence Kohlberg has posited empirically verifiable stages of moral development among humans. Very little, if any, empirical research has been conducted to examine the existence of formal-pragmatics presuppositions or the link between these presuppositions and moral stage development. Using the Defining Issues Test (DIT) and the newly-developed Stroud Formal Pragmatic Presupposition Awareness Instrument (SFPPAI), this study fails to discover any significant link between respondent's moral stage placement and his or her awareness of formal-pragmatic presuppositions of communicative action. Positive correlations, however, are found between class standing and SFPPAI score, class standing and DIT score, and age and DIT score. Contains 47 references. The SFPPAI and question correspondences for the SFPPAI are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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