Six Moral Foundations & You: a Discussion based on Jonathan Haidt’s Work

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1) What are the six Moral Foundations across cultures identified by Jonathan Haidt and what do they mean?(Care, Fairness, Loyalty, Authority, Purity & Liberty)

2) Is there a systematic difference in Moral Foundations of those who seek to preserve the values already achieved (roughly speaking, Conservatives) and those who eagerly seek to achieve new values (roughly speaking, Liberals)? If so what is it?

3) How do people with different Moral Foundations typically interact? How can we use the Moral Foundations Theory to foster mutual understanding between Liberals & Conservatives?

4) What do you find useful or interesting about Moral Foundations theory?

The Six Moral Foundations:
1) Care: cherishing and protecting others; opposite of harm
2) Fairness or proportionality: rendering justice according to shared rules; opposite of cheating
3) Loyalty or ingroup: standing with your group, family, nation; opposite of betrayal
4) Authority or respect: submitting to tradition and legitimate authority; opposite of subversion
5) Sanctity or purity: abhorrence for disgusting things, foods, actions; opposite of degradation
6) Liberty: freedom from coercion; opposite of oppression

To prepare for the discussion:
1) Watch this short TED Talks video by Jonathan Haidt:
2) Read the Wikipedia entry on Moral Foundation Theory:
3) For more in depth look, check out Jonathan Haidt’s book The Righteous Mind

This is a special event co-sponsored by New York Poliitical forum ( and 103 Great Ideas Conversations ( The discussions will be moderated by Shrikant and Thomas.

30+ members of other conversation groups will be joining us.