2016/07/18

BOOK REVIEW:
THE RIGHTEOUS MIND BY JONATHAN HAIDT

Title: The Righteous Mind, Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion
Author: Jonathan Haidt
Published: 2012
Language: English
Pages: 500
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
A social psychologist explains morality and why it is the defining characteristics of humans.


Review:
I've always found religion, politics and how it both brings people together and divide them fascinating, so when I found this book I thought it would be perfect for me.

And it was pretty good. I thought this was quite well constructed, starting with explanations on his philosophies and studies on morality, and then moving on to his theory on why humans act the way they do. I'm not a expert, but to me his theory seems viable and definitely interesting.

I especially enjoyed the part about Democrats and Republicans, their similarities and differences, as well as the parts about religion, as that was the part of the book I was most excited about. I do wish there was a bit more about religion in it, though. I also think it took a long while to get there and even though I understand why the author spent so much time explaining different subjects before, that part got a bit boring, to be quite frank.

There are definitely parts of this that are a bit dry and on occasion, things feel a bit repetitive. I can't help but wonder if this could've been a bit shorter and a bit more to the point. I do also wish this was geared a bit more towards an international audience and wasn't so focused solely on America, as I think it wouldn't be a stretch to make it a bit more global (but of course I feel that way, since I'm not American).

Overall though, it was a very interesting book and I definitely learned some new things. If you want a good introduction to morality that's not too difficult to read, this is a good book to read.

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