Where does morality come from?

The Righteous Mind

Where does morality come from?

Haidt started by examining two schools of thought here:

Where does innate morality come from then?

The book is organised into three parts, however the questions I had while reading where answered in later parts. I personally prefer a different structure of the book, which I am sticking to in this summary, but I guess that author chose his structure to serve his main question, “why good people are divided by politics and religion”

Autonomy vs Community

Richard Shweder (an American cultural anthropologist) dug deeper into the effect of those two levels of individual vs group selection.

There is more to morality than harm and fairness

The second part of the book, and what I think is the most controversial part, is where Haidt argues that morality is like taste receptors in our tongues, different groups of people respond to different tastes differently, yet there is no one of true taste.

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Yin and Yang

He then concluded that members on both sides of the political spectrum along with their moral matrices are needed side by side to complement each other like yin and yang

My take on the Haidt’s conclusion

Although, I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads, and I do highly recommend it to every one, I do not fully agree with its main message and conclusion.

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