Civil Dialogue and Citizenship
Navigating Our Deepest Differences
Lesson I. A More Perfect Union and Political Differences
Step 3. Rank Yourself
Look again at Jonathan Haidt’s categories for his Moral Foundations Theory.
Reducing suffering, being kind to others
Rejecting bullies and tyrants
The moral sense that cheaters should be punished and hard work should be rewarded.
Rewarding team players and rejecting those who do not honor the group
Emphasizing institutions and rejecting those who try to undercut them
Enforcing purity, protecting the group from outsiders and threats
Reflect About Yourself
- On your own paper, rank the values above according to importance to you. The most important should be at the top of the list and the least important should be at the bottom. Then write at least one sentence per category explaining why you ranked it as you did.
- According to Haidt’s categories of Moral Foundations Theory, do you lean Liberal or Conservative? Why?