Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Third Edition


Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think, Third Edition Author George Lakoff
ISBN-10 022641129X
ISBN-13 9780226411293
Year 2016-09-05
Pages 512
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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When Moral Politics was first published two decades ago it redefined how Americans think and talk about politics through the lens of cognitive political psychology Today George Lakoffs classic text has become all the more relevant as liberals and conservatives have come to hold even more vigorously opposed views of the world with the underlying assumptions of their respective worldviews at the level of basic morality Even more so than when Lakoff wrote liberals and conservatives simply have very different deeply held beliefs about what is right and wrong Lakoff reveals radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions of morality on both the left and right Moral worldviews like most deep ways of understanding the world are unconsciouspart of our hard wired brain circuitry When confronted with facts that dont fit our moral worldview our brains work automatically and unconsciously to ignore or reject these facts and it takes extraordinary openness and awareness of this phenomenon to pay critical attention to the vast number of facts we are presented with each day For this new edition Lakoff has added a new preface and afterword extending his observations to major ideological conflicts since the book s original publication from the Affordable Care Act to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan the recent financial crisis and the effects of global warming One might have hoped such massive changes would bring people together but the reverse has actually happened the divide between liberals and conservatives has become stronger and more virulent To have any hope of bringing mutual respect to the current social and political divide we need to clearly understand the problem and make it part of our contemporary public discourse Moral Politics offers a much needed wake up call to both the left and the right

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