Conflicting Moralities—Gary Rosen reviews Jonathan Haidt’s new book “The Righteous Mind”

Posted by Kendall Harmon

...don't mistake "The Righteous Mind" for yet another guide to how liberals can revive their rhetoric and electoral appeal. Mr. Haidt is not a partisan with an agenda. He is a social scientist who appreciates America's tribalism, our "groupishness." He worries, though, that our divisions are hardening into mutual incomprehension and dysfunction. His practical aim is modest: not to bridge the divide between left and right, atheist and believer, cosmopolite and patriot, but to make Americans, in all their diversity, more intelligible to one another.

Mr. Haidt describes at length the fascinating research that he and his colleagues have carried out through a website called The site asks visitors to state their political and religious preferences and then poses a range of questions meant to elicit a moral response....

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Posted March 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

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1. APB wrote:

We are always careful to give clerical titles.  It would be equally respectful, and appropriate, to refer to him as Dr. Haidt, which he has earned.

March 20, 3:27 pm | [comment link]
2. David Keller wrote:

APB—Au contraire, at least for me.  I hold both clerics and academics in the same reguard.

March 21, 10:15 am | [comment link]
3. stevejax wrote:

APB, *maybe* Professor, because that it his title. PhD is his degree.  BTW - Please refer to me by my degree,  Master (MSE, UTex ’ 96)  Just sayin’...

March 21, 2:22 pm | [comment link]

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