For more information, check out Dr. Haidt's comments (19 minute video)

​Comments on Study Findings of Western Culture (findings in studies of other cultures will differ)

  • Liberals are concerned about suffering and need (care/harm) and want to benefit from cooperative connections with others (fairness) with minimum abuse by those who would exploit others (cheaters)
  • Conservatives agree with above, but also value Loyalty to the group, respect for relationships within social networks (society, citizen rights) and respect for social norms that promote a civil society

​The Moral Dimension of American Politics 

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Key Takeaways from Studies of Moral Views of Liberals and Conservatives:

  • Liberals are two dimensional, respond to issues strongly when Care/Harm or Fairness are primary
  • Conservatives are five dimensional, have less of a response to above, but more responsive to issues of Loyalty (trust), respect for duty (sanctity) as a citizen and norms that define a civil society

Sources of Moral Knowledge:

  • Nature: nativist, preloaded, or inspired by God (bible) or evolved moral emotions (Darwin)
  • Nurture: Empirist, learned right and wrong
  • Rationalism: we grow into it from experience, social learning

Our thanks and appreciation to

Dr. Jonathan Haidt for his many key concepts about Moral Views of Liberals and Conservatives