Culture and Conscience: A Conversation

How do humans discern between right and wrong? How does culture influence our values? Explore essays and video presentations on culture and conscience, and join the ongoing conversation at the Center for Humans and Nature's website.

by Jonathan Haidt

»"How Capitalism Changes Conscience": Jonathan Haidt's informative essay on the transformations brought by global capitalism and the rapid changes it inspires in our ethics.

» "Culture, Conscience, & Capitalism": Watch Jonathan Haidt's presentation on how capitalism changes our minds.

by Melvin Konner

» "Why Be Good?": Melvin Konner on our natural inclinations towards right and wrong and their cultural origins.

» "Culture and Conscience: A Personal View": Watch Melvin Konner's presentation on the intersections of culture and conscience.

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is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. His books include The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion and, forthcoming in 2017, Three Stories about Capitalism: The moral psychology of economic life.

is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Anthropology and of Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. His books include The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit and The Evolution of Childhood.