Can Innate, Modular “Foundations” Explain Morality? Challenges for Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory

  title={Can Innate, Modular “Foundations” Explain Morality? Challenges for Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory},
  author={Christopher L. Suhler and Patricia S. Churchland},
  journal={Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience},
Jonathan Haidt's Moral Foundations Theory is an influential scientific account of morality incorporating psychological, developmental, and evolutionary perspectives. The theory proposes that morality is built upon five innate “foundations,” each of which is believed to have been selected for during human evolution and, subsequently, tuned-up by learning during development. We argue here that although some general elements of Haidt's theory are plausible, many other important aspects of his… 

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