, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 86–88 | Cite as

Jonathan Haidt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion

New York: Pantheon Books, 2012, 419 pp. $28.95. ISBN: 978-0307377906
  • Margery LucasEmail author
Book Review

It is not often that a prominent academic psychologist is attacked by a Nobel prize-winning economist in the New York Times. But this is what happened to Jonathan Haidt after a speech he delivered at a meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, in which he claimed that social psychologists discriminated against conservatives, a group significantly underrepresented in their ranks. Portrayed in unflattering terms in the research literature (fearful, close-minded, and not very bright), conservatives experienced a hostile environment in the academy, Haidt charged. Liberal commentators were caustic in their criticisms of the speech, including Paul Krugman, who accused Haidt of equating ideological differences with racial differences. Instead, Haidt was arguing that the lack of political diversity in social psychology led to the same kind of narrow-mindedness that is feared to result from a lack of racial diversity. It was not a welcome message in liberal quarters. Those...


Moral Psychology Moral Relativism Ideological Difference Deliberative Reasoning Social Sentiment 
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Further Reading

  1. Feinberg, M., Willer, R., Antonenko, O., & John, O. 2012. Liberating reason from the passions: Overriding intutionist moral judgments through emotion reappraisal. Psychological Science, first published on May 25, 2012 as doi: 10.1177/0956797611434747
  2. Greene, J. D., Morelli, S. A., Lowenberg, K., Nystrom, L. E., & Cohen, J. D. 2008. Cognitive load selectively interferes with utilitarian moral judgment. Cognition, 107, 1144–1154.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWellesley CollegeWellesleyUSA

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