chapter  3
The Moral Self in Community
WithF. Clark Power
Pages 18

Oddly enough the discipline of psychology as practiced today offers few op-

portunities to write in the first person. We create an illusion of objectivity by

writing as if there were no author, as if the data could speak for themselves.We

also create an illusion of objectivity about the focus of our discipline by con-

ceptualizing the psyche through the metaphors of the machine, organism, or

computer. I am grateful for the opportunity afforded by the chapter in this vol-

ume to speak in the first person about the study of themoral self and to reflect in

an autobiographical way about the path that ledme from the study ofmoral de-

velopment and the moral culture of the school to the moral self.