Righteous Mind, Reviewed: Jonathan Haidt's Book "a Revelation"
From the Guardian:
The Righteous Mind is an old-fashioned liberal plea for tolerance. Haidt readily admits that he set out to use moral psychology to help political partisans understand and respect each other. It is a welcome attempt to combat polarisation at a time when politics is descending into dysfunctional tribalism, a process speeded up by technology and changing residential patterns….What makes the book so compelling is the fluid combination of erudition and entertainment, and the author's obvious pleasure in challenging conventional wisdom.
From the Spectator:
Haidt’s book is a revelation. It contextualises the peculiarity of Western societies that have elevated the individual above the community, which would suggest why some other cultures resist our conception of universal human rights. It also examines tensions between humanity’s selfish genes and our propensity to group behaviour. And its party political insights are plentiful. Right-wing commentators in particular have been intrigued by Haidt’s findings. In his talks, Jonathan Haidt lays out the differences between the left and the right, but also points a way toward a truly non-partisan politics of acceptance.