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  • Published: 24 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141039169
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $27.99

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion



'A landmark contribution to humanity's understanding of itself' The New York Times

Why can it sometimes feel as though half the population is living in a different moral universe? Why do ideas such as 'fairness' and 'freedom' mean such different things to different people?

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt reveals that we often find it hard to get along because our minds are hardwired to be moralistic, judgemental and self-righteous. He explores how morality evolved to enable us to form communities, and how moral values are not just about justice and equality - for some people authority, sanctity or loyalty matter more. Morality binds and blinds, but, using his own research, Haidt proves it is possible to liberate us from the disputes that divide good people.

  • Published: 24 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9780141039169
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $27.99

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Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt teaches psychology at the University of Virginia. This is his first book for the general reader.

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