Jonathan Haidt 5 Moral Foundations Theory and Politics

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I am not sure who linked Jonathan Haidt’s "The real difference between liberals and conservatives" TED talk to me on twitter. But wow, the talk is awesome. After watching the talk several times I felt the need to take notes so here is a summary, probably more for me than anyone else.

Haidt’s "Moral Foundations Theory" holds that there are five fundamental moral values that extend across cultures and even to some primates. From the TED talk they are: (and AGAIN – these are just my notes – watch the video for more)

Haidt’s Five Moral Values

  1. Harm/Care – agreed on by both liberal and conservative
  2. Fairness/reciprocity – agreed on by both liberal and conservative
  3. Ingroup loyalty
    1. liberals are more independent
    2. only among humans do you find large groups
  4. Authority/respect
    1. liberals reject authority, conservatives embrace it
  5. Purity/sanctity
    1. political right moralizes sex
    2. left moralizes food as examples

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