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For 16 years I was a Professor in the fabulous Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. But in 2011 I moved to the NYU-Stern School of Business. Stern has offered me the opportunity to build a new program looking at complex social systems. I'm working with economists and other social scientists to figure out how to apply moral psychology to make businesses, non-profits, cities, and other systems work more efficiently and ethically, without having to teach ethics to anyone.
I study morality and emotion, and how they vary across cultures. I am also active in positive psychology (the scientific study of human flourishing) and study positive emotions such as moral elevation, admiration, and awe. My research in recent years focused on the moral foundations of politics, and on ways to transcend the “culture wars” by using recent discoveries in moral psychology to foster more civil forms of politics. Morality, by its very nature, makes it hard to study morality. It binds people together into teams that seek victory, not truth. It closes hearts and minds to opponents even as it makes cooperation and decency possible within groups.
To live virtuously as individuals and as societies, we must understand how our minds are built (see ch. 1 of The Happiness Hypothesis, and Part I of The Righteous Mind). We must find ways to overcome our natural self-righteousness (see ch. 4 of HH, or part II of RM). We must respect and even learn from those whose morality differs from our own (see this talk on politics, or this essay on religion).
To read about the controversy over partisanship in the social sciences, click here
Understanding Libertarian Morality (PLoS One, 2012)
Morality (a comprehensive review of moral psych, Handbook of Social Psych, 2010)
Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion (on Edge.org, 2007)
The New Synthesis in Moral Psychology (in Science, 2007)
The Emotional Dog and its Rational Tail (in Psychological Review, 2001)
Major talks: See below, and see here.
Recent essays (see more at RighteousMind.com)
Of freedom and fairness. (Democracy Journal, March 2013)
We need a little fear. (New York Times, 11/7/12)
Look how far we've come apart. (New York Times, 9/18/12)
Forget the money, follow the sacredness. (New York Times, 3/19/12)
How to get the rich to share the marbles. (New York Times, 2/20/12)
Articles about my work, and other talks available online And see also all the most recent stuff for 2012 at RighteousMind.com
Websites I run:
Email:jhaidt at stern.nyu.edu
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For speaking engagements contact the Lavin Agency
Literary agent: Brockman Inc.
This is a more academic book,