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Science. 2007 May 18;316(5827):998-1002.

The new synthesis in moral psychology.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA. haidt@virginia.edu

Abstract

People are selfish, yet morally motivated. Morality is universal, yet culturally variable. Such apparent contradictions are dissolving as research from many disciplines converges on a few shared principles, including the importance of moral intuitions, the socially functional (rather than truth-seeking) nature of moral thinking, and the coevolution of moral minds with cultural practices and institutions that create diverse moral communities. I propose a fourth principle to guide future research: Morality is about more than harm and fairness. More research is needed on the collective and religious parts of the moral domain, such as loyalty, authority, and spiritual purity.

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