Intuitive Primacy But Not Dictatorship

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The Three Principles of Moral Psychology

NOTE: Haidt originally posited four principles.  He has since reduced the number to three by combining the first two. His three principles are described in the three sections of his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.  They are 1) Intuition comes first, strategic reasoning second, 2) There’s more to … Continue reading

The Rider and the Elephant

We humans like to think we’re rational beings, choosing our path through life via dispassionate analysis of objective facts.  But that’s really an illusion.  The fact is, we’re driven mostly by instinct and intuition; by our “gut feel” and our innate visceral sense of like and dislike.   Imagine that you are walking through a museum … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity


A politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

An Interpretation of Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory

This sidebar lists a series of posts which together make up an essay relating Moral Foundations Theory to today's politics, and even a little history, as viewed through The Independent Whig's six-foundation moral lens.


Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations and