Selective Moral Disengagement in the Exercise of Moral Agency

  title={Selective Moral Disengagement in the Exercise of Moral Agency},
  author={A. Bandura},
  journal={Journal of Moral Education},
  pages={101 - 119}
  • A. Bandura
  • Published 1 June 2002
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Moral Education
Moral agency has dual aspects manifested in both the power to refrain from behaving inhumanely and the proactive power to behave humanely. Moral agency is embedded in a broader socio-cognitive self-theory encompassing affective self-regulatory mechanisms rooted in personal standards linked to self-sanctions. Moral functioning is thus governed by self-reactive selfhood rather than by dispassionate abstract reasoning. The self-regulatory mechanisms governing moral conduct do not come into play… 
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