The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion - Chapter Four: Vote for Me (Here's Why) Summary & Analysis

Jonathan Haidt
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Chapter Four: Vote for Me (Here's Why) Summary and Analysis

Glaucon, Plato's brother, proffered the concept that people only behave virtuously because of fear of being caught and exposed. The brain wants to protect the reputation. Socrates believed that only philosophers should rule a society because they are the only individuals who will pursue what is truly good for all and not just for themselves. Socrates added that such a person is just and happy and is blessed with the ability to reason. And since reason rules, it seeks that which is good not just what appears to be good. Plato himself felt that reason was a gift from God and that passion needed to be controlled because it could negatively impact one's reason. Haidt tends to agree with Glaucon.

What is the function of moral reasoning? Humans have...

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