Some Do Care: Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment

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Aims to provide a psychological account of 23 contemporary moral exemplars who have provided moral leadership in communities across the United States. Typically, these people have worked for the poor, fought for civil rights, and generally dedicated their lives to the good of others.

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Although many people believe that this is a barren time for moral leadership in this country, in Some Do Care, Anne Colby and William Damon show that moral heroes do exist. Drawing on in-depth interviews they offer a revealing look into the lives of twenty-three Americans who have provided exemplary moral leadership. Some Do Care traces the lives and goals of these dedicated people from their first moral awakening in childhood to the wisdom and enduring moral commitment of their later years. Drawing on these lives, the authors offer new insights into the role of faith and the importance of role models.

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In profiling 23 Americans whose lives stand in marked contrast to what they see as the nation's general dearth of moral leaders, two developmental psychologists temper their social science approach with a sense of wonder. Closely scrutinizing personal histories, Colby (coauthor of The Measurement of Moral Justice ) and Damon ( The Moral Child ) delve deeply into the autobiographical origins of their subjects' contributions to civil welfare, social justice, the fight against poverty and a host of other causes. In highlighting the lives of five exemplars with widely differing educational, social and ethnic backgrounds (including former Haverford College president Jack Coleman, noted for his "blue-collar sabbaticals"), the authors demystify heroism, stressing the ordinariness of moral commitment as it is played out in everyday social life. Their research points up how role models inspired these people toward a sense of mission, and offers new insights about how moral leadership comes about.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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