The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion
: This well-researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election. As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible-challenged...
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This well-researched examination of human moral impulses will appeal to liberals and conservatives alike following the 2016 presidential campaign and election.
As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible-challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he 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.
- :<i>introduction&#160;<br><br></i><b>part I&#160;intuitions Come First, Strategic Reasoning Second<br></b><i>1 Where Does Morality Come From? <br>2 The Intuitive Dog And Its Rational Tail <br>3 Elephants Rule <br>4 Vote For Me (here&'s Why) <br><br></i><b>part Ii&#160;there&'s More To Morality Than Harm And Fairness<br></b><i>5 Beyond Weird Morality <br>6 Taste Buds Of The Righteous Mind <br>7 The Moral Foundations Of Politics <br>8 The Conservative Advantage <br><br></i><b>part Iii&#160;morality Binds And Blinds<br></b><i>9 Why Are We So Groupish? <br>10 The Hive Switch <br>11 Religion Is A Team Sport <br>12 Can&'t We All Disagree More Constructively? <br><br>conclusion <br><br>acknowledgments <br>notes <br>references <br>index<br></i>
&"Can we all get along?&" That appeal was made famous on May 1, 1992, by Rodney King, a black man who had been beaten nearly to death by four Los Angeles police officers a year earlier. The entire nation had seen a videotape of the beating, so when a jury failed to convict the officers, their acquittal triggered widespread outrage and six days of rioting in Los Angeles. Fifty-three people were killed and more than seven thousand buildings were torched. Much of the mayhem was carried live; news cameras tracked the action from helicopters circling overhead. After a particularly horrific act of violence against a white truck driver, King was moved to make his appeal for peace.
King&'s appeal is now so overused that it has become cultural kitsch, a catchphrase1 more often said for laughs than as a serious plea for mutual understanding. I therefore hesitated to use King&'s words as the opening line of this book, but I decided to go ahead, for two