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Continuing a train of thought I started in this post, in which I ruminate on the following Tweet from Dr. Haidt…   Why Americans should stop using “liberal” to refer to the left: Dan Klein on the origins and meaning of the word: http://t.co/p5mNRrFD3g — Jonathan Haidt (@JonHaidt) July 30, 2015 …I have some rhetorical … Continue reading

“Kindly Inquisitors” Offers Common Ground for Liberals and Conservatives, and a Lesson in Tolerance

I highly recommend the book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, Expanded Edition by Jonathan Rauch. It’s been rereleased in ebook form with a new forward by George Will and a new afterward by the author. It will be available in paperback in the Spring of 2014. In the meantime, the reader might find … Continue reading

Liberty, Equality, Justice, and Fairness Mean Different Things in Different Moral Matrices

The moral matrix we live in shapes our perceptions of the world, and even our understanding of the meanings of words.  For example, Haidt introduced the Liberty/Oppression moral foundation in the talk he gave at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education.  He discussed how the six-foundation and three-foundation moralities attach different connotations … 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