Six Moral Foundations In The Righteous Mind By Jonathan Haidt

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In The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, he describes how six moral foundations impact the way people respond to different social circumstances. The moral foundation of loyalty/ betrayal, authority/subversion, and care/ harm are prevalently demonstrated between characters in Charles Dicken’s novel, Hard Times. These moral foundations were created to be “Universal cognitive modules upon which cultures construct moral matrices” and were formed by finding “Adaptive challenges of social life… and connecting those challenges to virtues that are found in some form in many cultures” (Haidt 146). The culture that Dicken’s used to express these virtues was an industrial city in England amongst the mid-nineteenth century. Dicken’s uses this cultural …show more content…
Stephan seeks Mr. Bounderby’s advice dealing with the desire to acquire a divorce from his drunken wife. Since Mr. Bounderby is Stephan’s employer and an upper class citizen, Stephan believes he has the authority to give valid advice. When Stephan demands to be shown a law that protects him in his unfortunate situation, Mr. Bounderby simply responds that, “The institutions of you country are not your piece-work, and the only thing you have got to do is to mind your piece-work” (Dickens 80). Mr. Bounderby presses the subversion foundation upon Stephen through his authoritative stance by saying Stephan cannot change his circumstances because the government doesn't make exceptions, therefore, Stephan must deal with his situation.
In Louisa’s marriage to Mr. Bounderby, Dicken’s depicts the authority/subversion foundation in which Louisa was submissive to decisions because she felt like it was expected of her. As Louisa’s father introduced Mr. Bounderby’s proposal, Louisa immediately begins to ask her father if she should marry him. He ultimately allows her to decide for herself but he plainly says, “It is satisfactory to me, as you father” (p 102). Louisa’s father places himself and his desires in a position of authority over his
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43). Haidt analyzes the relationship between the care foundation and children development by stating, “A well-supported theory that describes the system by which mothers and children regulate each other’s behavior so that the child get a good mix of protection and opportunities for independent exploration” (155). It is clearly shown that Sissy’s protection, opportunities for exploration, and secure attachment are damaged by her father’s lack of care. Sissy’s was more concerned about her father’s well being than her own

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