Brownlee, J., Walker, S., Wallace, E., Johansson, E., & Scholes, L. (2019). Doing the right thing in the early years of primary school: A longitudinal study of children’s reasoning about right and wrong. Australian Educational Researcher, 46(5), 863-878. We learn about right and wrong from an early age. This concept is shaped by many individuals and continues through our life. This article describes a study that investigated the changing sense of right and wrong among 124 school children in the early years of primary school, starting from age 5 through age 8.
Bravo-Moreno, A. (2017). Politics, doctors, assisted reproductive technologies & religion: Transgenerational understandings and experiences of single motherhood in Spain. Health Care for Women International, 38(10), 1058-1074. The article looks at a topic of “right” and “wrong” behavior in Spain over several generations, namely, single motherhood. This provides both a societal and cultural view of how this perception has changed over time.
Stengelin, R., Hepach, R., & Huan, D. Being observed increases overimitation in three diverse cultures. Developmental Psychology, 55(12), 2630-2636. External pressures can easily overcome our own innate sense of ethical or unethical behaviors. This article reviews a study investigating the actions of children, ages 3- 8 years old, from two rural Namibian and one urban German population. Despite the very different cultures, a social motivation to imitating the actions of others was observed.
Molina, C. (2020). Promises, rights, and deontic control. Law and Philosophy, An International Journal for Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy, 1. Promises carry with them an obligation to follow through. The author of this article argues that the obligation is not sufficient. From a deontology standpoint of what is right and wrong, a sense of control is exerted by the one the promise is made to, going beyond just the obligation to meet the promise.
Sanderson, D. (2012). Redressing the right wrong: The argument from corrective justice. University of Toronto Law Journal, 62(1), 93-132. Historical wrongs have been committed by nations against other nations. Case in point is the treatment of indigenous peoples, with redress since then typically by returning land to these nations. The author explains how land is insufficient in terms of balancing what is right and wrong in addressing the relevant issues.