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In conclusion, ...

Do cultural differences in moral psychology explain political conflict on climate change?


Work through Feinberg & Willer, 2013 ‘The Moral Roots of Environmental Attitudes’

1. ‘Moral convictions and the emotions they evoke shape political attitudes’

2. There are at least two fundamental domains of human morality, including harm and purity.

3. ‘liberals and conservatives possess different moral profiles’

4. ‘liberals express greater levels of environmental concern than do conservatives in part because liberals are more likely to view environmental issues in moral terms.’

5. ‘exposing conservatives to proenvironmental appeals based on moral concerns that uniquely resonate with them will lead them to view the environment in moral terms and be more supportive of proenvironmental efforts.’

Well supported
Also well supported, and supported independently of Moral Foundations Theory
I think lack of scalar invariance is a big problem here! (Not that we know it’s false; be we do not have evidence that it is true.)


Given that the evidence for cultural variation in moral psychology is at best weak,
and given that the theoretical argument for moral reframing is flawed,
why does moral reframing seem to work?

The scalar invariance and Lars-et-al puzzles are nicely complementary: if the first fails and the evidence *is* correct, then the second objection gets you.

Retain moral purity or mitigate effects of climate change.

Recognise that political rivals differ in moral psychology.

Seek to understand the moral differences.

Become more tolerant of differences in moral attitudes, and move closer to opponents (Skitka, Bauman, & Sargis, 2005).

Go an sit next to your far-right right-wing uncle. Or whatever.