September 12, 2012

Jonathan Haidt discussed the moral foundations of politics and ways to leverage moral psychology to foster civil political dialogue on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Pugh Hall, before a crowd of over 300 people.

Widely recognized for research on the intuitive foundations of morality, Haidt uses moral psychology to understand hyper-partisanship in American politics. This work is the focus of his best-selling new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. His work draws consistent praise from both sides of the political spectrum.

Haidt recently joined the Business and Society Program at NYU Stern where he aims to integrate research on moral psychology with research and theory in business ethics, seeking the best ways to create organizations that function as ethical systems. Before joining Stern, Haidt was a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Virginia for 16 years and served as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor at Princeton University in 2006-2007.

Haidt was awarded the Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology in 2001 and has been a featured speaker at the TED conference in 2008 and 2012. He has been interviewed by Bill Moyers and has been a featured guest on the Colbert Report.

Relevant Links:

TED Talks

Morning Joe

Interview Interview with The Economist

Colbert Report

Bill Moyers Interview

Speaker One
Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”) is a social psychologist at the NYU-Stern School of Business. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and spent most of his career (1995-2011) at the University of Virginia. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality, and how morality varies across cultures. In recent years he has examined the moral cultures of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, and of the The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.