lawrence Kohlberg

  • Birth

    Lawrence Kohlberg was born to Alfred Kohlberg and his second wife Charlotte Albrecht.In Bronxville, New York.
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    Lawrence Kohlberg

  • Early Life

    Early Life
    attended Phillips Academy, a private and renowned high school. During the Second World War.
  • The War

    The War
    following his high school education, he decided to join the merchant marines. During his time as a sailor he helped Jews escape from Europe by smuggling them into Palestine.
  • Post War

    Post War
    After his service in the war he applied to the University of Chicago. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology in just one year. Kohlberg stayed at the University of Chicago for his graduate work, becoming fascinated with children's moral reasoning .
  • Morals

    He wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago in 1958, outlining what became his theory of moral development.
  • Life

    In 1968, at 40 years of age and married with two children, he became a professor of education and social psychology at Harvard University. There he met and befriended Carol Gilligan, who became his colleague and most outspoken critic of his theory.
  • The Storm

    The Storm
    Kohlberg contracted a tropical disease in 1971 while doing cross-cultural work in Belize
  • Death

    struggled with depression and physical pain for the following 16 years. On January 19, 1987, he took a day's leave from the hospital where he was being treated, drove to the coast, and drowned in the Atlantic Ocean. Rumors persist that he committed suicide. He was 59 years old.