ERIC Number: EJ1024000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Political Identity and Moral Education: A Response to Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind"
Journal of Moral Education, v42 n3 p298-315 2013
In "The Righteous Mind," Jonathan Haidt claims that liberals have a narrower moral outlook than conservatives--they are concerned with fairness and relief of suffering, which Haidt sees as individualistic values, while conservatives care about authority and loyalty too, values concerned with holding society together. I question Haidt's methodology, which does not permit liberals to express concerns with social bonds that do not fit within an "authority" or "loyalty"' framework and discounts people who support liberal positions but do not self-ascribe as liberals. I also argue that of the six "moral foundations", fairness and relief of suffering are more fundamental values than authority and loyalty, which are virtues only if their objects are worthy. Moral education programs must also encourage students to recognize some values as more urgent than others, and permit inquiry into the actual reasons for political behavior other than professed value commitments.
Descriptors: Political Influences, Political Affiliation, Moral Values, Moral Development, Values Education, Individualism, Teaching Methods, Behavior Patterns, Citizenship Education
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