How can moral psychology help us solve social conflict and create stronger institutions?

An Interview and Q&A with Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 5:00 pm ET*



Jonathan Haidt, Ph.D. is an American social psychologist and the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Dr. Haidt’s research examines the intuitive foundations of morality. His work has looked at how variations in moral intuitions can help explain political polarization. At Stern he is applying his research on moral psychology to rethink the way business ethics is studied and how we create organizations that function as ethical systems, with minimal need for directly teaching or training people to behave ethically.

In this interview and live audience Q&A, we will explore how moral psychology can help solve social conflict (e.g., making us more aware of our biases, encouraging more constructive dialogue, develop greater viewpoint diversity), and create stronger institutions.

More about our Guest:
Jonathan Haidt is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient WisdomThe Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and ReligionCan’t We All Disagree More Constructively? His most recent book, The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Penguin Press, 2018), explores social trends that interfere with young people’s social, emotional and intellectual development, resulting in decreased individual resilience and diminishing the American universities’ function as a forum for open debate. His writings frequently appear in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and he has given four TED talks. He was named one of the top global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine and also by Prospect magazine.

Professor Haidt received a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.


David Pollay, founder and host of the Positive Psychology Leader Series, will be conducting the interview with Jonathan Haidt.


Related Content:
In May 2012 Dr. Haidt presented it IPPA’s Positive Psychology Leader Series, How to Work with Righteous Minds. In 2015, he gave a keynote address at the Fourth World Congress on Positive Psychology, Capitalism, Values, Institutions, and Large-Scale Flourishing.

About the Positive Psychology Leader Series:
The Positive Psychology Leader Series is a member-only program that features virtual presentations, interviews and liveaudience Q&A with leading researchers and practitioners in the field of positive psychology. IPPA members register to attend these free presentations and enjoy unlimited access to more than 45 past webinar recordings in an online archive.

*December 7 in some countries

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