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Mapping the Moral Domain

Mapping the Moral Domain

A Contribution of Women’s Thinking to Psychological Theory and Education

Edited by Carol Gilligan, Janie Victoria Ward, Jill McLean Taylor, and Betty Bardige

ISBN 9780674548329

Publication date: 03/20/1989

In the fourteen articles collected in this volume, Carol Gilligan and her colleagues expand the theoretical base of In a Different Voice and apply their research methods to a variety of life situations. The contrasting voices of justice and care clarify different ways in which women and men speak about relationships and lend different meanings to connection, dependence, autonomy, responsibility loyalty, peer pressure, and violence. By examining the moral dilemmas and self-descriptions of children, high school students, urban youth, medical students, mothers, lawyers, and others, the authors chart a new terrain: a mapping of the moral domain that includes the voices of women. In this new terrain the authors trace far-reaching implications of the inclusion of women’s voices for developmental psychology, for education, for women, and for men.


  • There is much more that could be said about the quiet revolution by which Gilligan—and her colleagues—have enlarged our concept of what it means to be a person. But a brief review could not begin to do justice to the nuances, and the reader is encouraged to get these emancipatory ideas firsthand. For those who have not been exposed to such writing before, Mapping the Moral Domain may be a good introduction.

    —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, New York Times Book Review


  • Carol Gilligan is University Professor at the New York University School of Law.
  • Jill McLean Taylor was Professor Emeritus of Women’s and Gender Studies at Simmons College.

Book Details

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • With Betty Bardige