Priscilla Alderson’s article on morality (Cradles of Morality, Issue 302) echoes the writings of Donald Winnicott (1896–1971), paediatrician and psychoanalyst, who wrote on the innate morality of infants and children.

I suspect that Ms Alderson is very well acquainted with his work, but Winnicott may not be so familiar to a wider readership. He would have agreed that morality protects the self in early childhood with its long dependence. He might have added (as he wrote in 1965): “Immorality for the infant is to comply at the expense of the personal way of life.”

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