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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion - Jonathan Haidt
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
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Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to... show more
Why can’t our political leaders work together as threats loom and problems mount? Why do people so readily assume the worst about the motives of their fellow citizens? In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding.  His starting point is moral intuition—the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right. He blends his own research findings with those of anthropologists, historians, and other psychologists to draw a map of the moral domain, and he explains why conservatives can navigate that map more skillfully than can liberals. He then examines the origins of morality, overturning the view that evolution made us fundamentally selfish creatures. But rather than arguing that we are innately altruistic, he makes a more subtle claim—that we are fundamentally groupish. It is our groupishness, he explains, that leads to our greatest joys, our religious divisions, and our political affiliations. In a stunning final chapter on ideology and civility, Haidt shows what each side is right about, and why we need the insights of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians to flourish as a nation.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307377906 (0307377903)
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Seriously, Read a Book!
Seriously, Read a Book! rated it
4.0 The Righteous Mind (a pre-review)
Recommended required reading: Before I begin anything that bears even a slight resemblance to a review, I want to say that I am incredibly grateful that a friend (a real, live human one at that) suggested I read (or re-read, as it were) Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow before taking on Haid...
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5.0 The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
I was hopeful this book might provide me with some sociological tools and rhetorical tricks to clear away the views of those who disagree with my positions on politics and religion. Of course this book does not deliver on this unrealistic hope. What the book does provide instead is an explanation wh...
Ecletic Reader
Ecletic Reader rated it
5.0 The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
This was a very informative and interesting read. I had never thought about morality in the ways described and, after reading this book, I can see that there are certainly different ways to look at policies across the political spectrum. This has really helped open my mind.
EricCWelch
EricCWelch rated it
0.0 One of the Most Important Books of the Last Decade
"This book is about why it’s so hard for us to get along. We are indeed all stuck here for a while, so let’s at least do what we can to understand why we are so easily divided into hostile groups, . . Politics and religion are both expressions of our underlying moral psychology, and an understanding...
Carlo
Carlo rated it
This was an interesting read and though I disagree with Haidt in many crucial points, such as the role of reason in our lives, he presents in this book challenging ideas which cannot be taken lightly. However, I believe Haidt deliberately ignored the role of education, and though he acknowledged the...
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