Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Intuitive ethics and moral foundation theory

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I told a Liberal Democrat friend (I have an eclectic range of friends) that for me freedom and tradition were the two supreme values. He agreed, he said, about freedom (but regards a great number of restrictions on freedoms as enlargements of freedoms, but let that pass) but said tradition was not important too him. Not important.


Moral Foundations Theory may explain why liberals and conservatives disagree on so many things.


This would explain why some people think only bad people oppose homosexual marriage while others think the reverse. Liberals really do not think tradition matters - it's that simple - in fact they think that traditions are by definition out of date when they are not malign or oppressive.

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