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Moral Behavior

Sep 6, 2011

Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.

Most people progress from  primitive morals as children and become more advanced. Dr. Liese says that most of us function on a conventional moral ground. We don’t break the rules, or snag someone else’s leftovers from the office refrigerator—usually. However, some people transcend that and reach what’s called Stage 6 morality.

“The extraordinary person goes well beyond convention, they care about the world and even people they don’t know,” says Dr. Liese. “Post-conventional, they’re really interested in human rights, treating all people equally, having empathy, and universal principles.”

Join the conversation as Dr. Liese fields questions from listeners on the sometimes confusing line between right and wrong.

Dr. Bruce Liese, University of Kansas School of Medicine