Handbook of Moral Motivation

Theories, Models, Applications

  • Karin Heinrichs
  • Fritz Oser
  • Terence Lovat

Part of the Moral Development and Citizenship Education book series (MORA, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
    1. Karin Heinrichs, Fritz Oser, Terence Lovat
      Pages 1-5
    2. Fritz Oser
      Pages 7-24
  2. Foundations of Moral Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Stephen J. Thoma, Muriel J. Bebeau
      Pages 49-67
    3. Gerhard Minnameier
      Pages 69-82
    4. Theresa A. Thorkildsen
      Pages 83-96
  3. Motivational Theory and Moral Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Regina Vollmeyer, Konstanze Jenderek, Tahmine Tozman
      Pages 141-157
    3. Anna Baumert, Tobias Rothmund, Nadine Thomas, Mario Gollwitzer, Manfred Schmitt
      Pages 159-179
    4. Jens Agerström, Fredrik Björklund
      Pages 181-193
  4. Moral Self, Identity and Moral Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Augusto Blasi
      Pages 229-248
  5. Developmental Effects, Emotions and Moral Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265

About this book


The Handbook of Moral Motivation offers a contemporary and comprehensive appraisal of the age-old question about motivation to do the good and to prevent the bad. From a research point of view, this question remains open even though we present here a rich collection of new ideas and data. Two sources helped the editors to frame the chapters: first they looked at an overwhelmingly fruitful research tradition on motivation in general (attribution theory, performance theory, self-determination theory, etc.) in relationship to morality. The second source refers to the tension between moral judgment (feelings, beliefs) and the real moral act in a twofold manner: (a) as a necessary duty, and, (b) as a social but not necessary bond. In addition, the handbook utilizes the latest research from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, wishing to suggest by this that the answer to the posed question will likely not come from one discipline alone. Furthermore, our hope is that the implicit criticism that the narrowly constructed research approach of the recent past has contributed to closing off rather than opening up interdisciplinary lines of research becomes in this volume a strong counter discourse. The editors and authors of the handbook commend the research contained within in the hope that it will contribute to better understanding of humanity as an inherently moral species.


Immoral Behaviour Moral Action Moral Education Moral Self Moral Motivation

Authors and affiliations

  • Karin Heinrichs
    • 1
  • Fritz Oser
    • 2
  • Terence Lovat
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Goethe-University FrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.University of FribourgSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of NewcastleAustralia
  4. 4.University of OxfordUK

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