The Righteous Mind

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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
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AuthorJonathan Haidt
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectSocial psychology
Published2012
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
ISBN978-0307377906

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion is a 2012 social psychology book by Jonathan Haidt, in which the author describes human morality as it relates to politics and religion.

Summary[edit]

In the first part of the book, the author uses research to demonstrate social intuitionism, how people's beliefs come primarily from their intuitions, and rational thought often comes after to justify initial beliefs. In the second portion of the book, he presents moral foundations theory, and applies it to the political beliefs of liberals, conservatives, and libertarians in the US.

Haidt argues that people are too quick to denigrate other points of view without giving those views full consideration, and attempts to reach common ground between liberals and conservatives. He makes the case in the book for morality having multiple foundations (more than just harm and fairness), 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]

Some key concepts, and scholars whose work is cited or critiqued in the book[edit]

Reception[edit]

The book received mostly positive reviews[5][6] and was #6 on the New York Times' best seller list for non-fiction in April, 2012.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jonathan Haidt — The Righteous Mind" (MP3 Podcast). Point of Inquiry. Center for Inquiry. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2014/01/jonathan_haidt.html
  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. ^ Haidt, Jonathan (2012). The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. Pantheon. p. 103
  5. ^ Nicholas Lezard (May 7, 2013). "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt — review". The Guardian.
  6. ^ http://righteousmind.com/about-the-book/reviews/
  7. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2014.

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