The Six Pillars of Morality



From Moral foundations theory (Wikipedia)


  1. care / harm    
  2. fairness / reciprocity / proportionality / unfairness, cheating, free-riding    
  3. liberty / oppression     
  4. loyalty to in-group / betrayal of in-group    
  5. respect for authority / tradition / subversion    
  6. sanctity / purity / disgust (physical and moral)  
  7. long-lasting pair bonding for child rearing (“marriage and the family”)
  8. The Patriarchy

(guarding and controlling females and their sexuality, and protecting females from other males; prohibition on homosexuality and sexual deviancy)


All eight can be seen as families of primary values.  

Primary values fall into two categories: interpersonal (1, 2) and cultural / group norms (3-8).  

7 and 8 can also be seen as interpersonal.  

All eight are caused by the need to cooperate, either on an interpersonal scale or a group scale or both.