Moral sensitivity affects whether and how we see others, note moral concerns, respond with delicacy, and navigate complex social interactions. Scholars from a variety of fields explore the concept of moral sensitivity and how it develops, beginning with a natural moral capacity for sensitivity towards others that is shaped in a variety of ways through relationships, forms of teaching, and social institutions. Each of these influences alters the capacity as well as one’s responses in complex ways. The concept of moral sensitivity deepens as progressive chapters demonstrate its increasing complexity through development within individuals, over time, as they mature, and as their relationships and social contexts expand. The chapters integrate research from philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, literature, education, and media and technology studies, with key chapters by Darcia Narváez, Nancy E. Snow, Michael S. Pritchard, and Stephen J. Thoma and a Foreword by Owen Flanagan. It is the only comprehensive presentation of interdisciplinary work on moral sensitivity that integrates a theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical analysis. This highly interdisciplinary approach provides a new way of thinking about the relationship of individuals to society and moral sensitivity as a social phenomenon, extending current research in ethics, moral psychology, and psychology toward situated, embodied, and contextual analyses.

chapter 1|14 pages

Reintroducing Moral Sensitivity

ByPhyllis Vandenberg, Deborah S. Mower, Wade L. Robison

part 1|76 pages

Development through Relationships

chapter 2|24 pages

The Neurobiology of Moral Sensitivity

Evolution, Epigenetics, and Early Experience
ByDarcia Narváez

chapter 3|15 pages

Cultivating Mature Moral Sensitivity

ByPhyllis Vandenberg, John Uglietta

chapter 4|18 pages

Picturing Moral Sensitivity

Insights from Murdoch and Cervone
ByNancy E. Snow

chapter 5|15 pages

Smart Technology and Moral Sensitivity

ByClifton F. Guthrie

part 2|76 pages

Development through Teaching

chapter 6|18 pages

Narrative Openings

BySusan Verducci

chapter 7|18 pages

Framing Moral Sensitivity as Perception

ByMinerva Ahumada

chapter 8|18 pages

Moral Sensitivity and Service Learning

A Confucian Perspective
ByAlan A. Preti

chapter 9|18 pages

Moral Sensitivity as Integrated Attunement

ByMark H. Dixon, Patrick Croskery

part 3|56 pages

Development through Institutions

chapter 10|17 pages

Resentment and Forgiveness in Higher Education

ByElaine E. Englehardt, Michael S. Pritchard, K. D. Taylor

chapter 11|17 pages

Morally Sensitive Professionals

BySharon K. Anderson

chapter 12|18 pages

Moral Sensitivity and Dehumanization in the Military

ByErik Wingrove-Haugland

part 4|58 pages

Developing Empirical Models

chapter 13|19 pages

A Neo-Kohlbergian Tale of Two Sensitivities

ByStephen J. Thoma

chapter 14|18 pages

A Portfolio Approach to Integrated Moral Sensitivity

ByMolly M. Jameson, Hillary Fuhrman, Deborah S. Mower

chapter 15|17 pages

The Normativity of Moral Sensitivity

ByDeborah S. Mower, David K. McGraw