The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Paperback)

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From the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality, which turns out to be the basis for religion and politics.

Morality, religion, and politics all grow out of the tension between two conflicting imperatives: outcompete your peers, and unite with your peers to outcompete other groups. An obsession with righteousness, leading inevitably to self-righteousness, is the normal human condition.

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From the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality, which turns out to be the basis for religion and politics.

Morality, religion, and politics all grow out of the tension between two conflicting imperatives: outcompete your peers, and unite with your peers to outcompete other groups. An obsession with righteousness, leading inevitably to self-righteousness, is the normal human condition. Our righteous minds made it possible for human beings—unlike other animals—to produce large cooperative groups, tribes, and nations that are not based on kinship. But at the same time, our righteous minds guarantee that our cooperative groups will always be cursed by moralistic strife. The Righteous Mind investigates whether some degree of conflict among individuals and groups may be necessary for the maintenance of moral order.

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ISBN 9780307455772
Length (cm) 15.0000
Width (cm) 3.0000
Height (cm) 22.0000
Publisher Vintage
Publication Date Feb 12, 2013
Pages (number) 528
Genre History, Politics, and Social Sciences
Author Jonathan Haidt
Signed No
Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

“A well-informed tour of contemporary moral psychology…A cogent rendering of a moral universe of fertile complexity and latent flexibility.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A much-needed voice of moral sanity.”—Booklist

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