Jonathan Haidt

JONATHAN HAIDT is Professor in the Social Psychology area of the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he does research on morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures.

He studies morality, its emotional foundations, cultural variations, and developmental course. His early research on moral intuition changed the field of moral psychology, moving it away from its previous focus on moral reasoning.

His current work on the "five foundations of morality" is changing the field again, moving it beyond its traditional focus on issues of harm and fairness, and drawing attention to the moral issues that animate political conservatives and religious believers.

Haidt has published 75 academic articles, in Science, Psychological Review, and other leading journals. He is the co-editor of Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well Lived, and is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.

Edge Links:

The New Science of Morality [7.23.10]

What Makes People Vote Republican? [9.9.08]

"Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion: A Talk with Jonathan Haidt"

Beyond Edge:

Jonathan Haidt's Homepage
Moral Foundations Theory Homepage
Civil Politics Homepage
The Happiness Hypothesis