The Righteous Mind

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
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Author Jonathan Haidt
Country United States
Language English
Subject Social psychology
Published 2012
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
ISBN 978-0307377906

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion is a 2012 social psychology book by Jonathan Haidt, in which Haidt describes human morality as it relates to politics and religion. Haidt attempts to reach common ground between liberals and conservatives. Haidt argues that people are too quick to denigrate other points of view without giving those views full consideration. He makes the case in the book for morality having multiple foundations, and said in an interview that morality "is at least six things, and probably a lot more than that"[1]:8:55 and "[religion and politics are] ... expressions of our tribal, groupish, righteous nature".[1]:13:06 Haidt himself acknowledges that while he has been a liberal all his life,[2] he is now more open to other points of view.[3]


The book received positive reviews[4] and was #6 on the New York Times' best seller list for non-fiction in April, 2012.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Jonathan Haidt — The Righteous Mind" (MP3 Podcast). Point of Inquiry. Center for Inquiry. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
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  3. ^ Saletan, William (March 23, 2012). "Why Won’t They Listen? ‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Nicholas Lezard (May 7, 2013). "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt — review". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 

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