Philosophical Papers and Review

  • Abbreviation: Philos. Papers Rev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-663X
  • DOI: 10.5897/PPR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 39

Full Length Research Paper

Violence, attachment styles and Kierkegaard

Anoop Gupta
Faculty of Education, Department of Psychology, Leonard and Dorthy Neal Education Building, Rm. 2221, University of Windsor, Windsor ON N9B 3P4, Canada.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 06 March 2013
  •  Published: 31 May 2013


The purpose of this paper is to consider potential causes of violence behaviour by bringing together a disparate array of theorists. Violence is considered, specifically, in light of psychological literature dealing with attachment styles. In a nutshell, how our relations with early caregivers shapes our personality. Some well-known developmental theorists, namely, Piaget and Vygotsky are touched upon; as well as Maslow's hierarchy of needs; followed by an existential approach of Kierkegaard. General comments on both the negative and positive role of violence in human development are drawn out. 

Key words: Kierkegaard, violence, moral development.