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No man's land: Exploring the space between Kohlberg and Gilligan

journal contribution
posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Gabriel Donleavy
The Kohlberg Gilligan Controversy has received intermittent but inconclusive attention for many years, perhaps reflecting the difficulty of bridging the two positions. This article explores the published evidence for Gilligan's claims of gender difference, gender identity difference, and role of caring in people's ethics. It seems that the evidence for pronounced gender differences in ethical attitudes within business is weak, even if gender identity is used instead of physical gender. The main propositions of Care Theory and recent advances in its thinking are discussed. Special focus emerges on the notion of Attachment which seems to be the Care Theory ingredient both most able to survive critical scrutiny and most promising for bridging the divide between the Kohlberg and Gilligan paradigms. The Social Bonding Model and other possible bridge building conceptual structures are introduced. Finally, Max Weber's division between ethics of conviction and ethics of responsibility provides an overarching perspective both of the gap still to be bridged and the need to keep trying to bridge it.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

80

Issue

4

Start Page

807

End Page

822

Number of Pages

16

ISSN

0167-4544

Location

Dordrecht

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

External Author Affiliations

Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

Journal of Business Ethics