The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
New York Times Bestseller
In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike.
Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.
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In this book, Haidt makes a powerful case of “Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.” when it comes to moral decision-making. However, current research suggest that there are also instances when the rational mind rules over the raging emotions and it would be good to supplement this side of the argument with some other books on moral judgement.