A Humanistic Evaluation of the Psychology of Political and Religious Disagreement

A Religion, Culture, and Politics Workshop

March 15, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: New North Room 107 (Theology Department Conference Room) Map

Numerous scholars have sought to explain the present era of social discord by specifying the biological bases of political and religious disagreement. Yet a “replication crisis” has recently thrown into doubt the veracity of much work in social psychology and social neuroscience. Humanists and social scientists therefore face several challenges when attempting to engage with this interesting-yet-imperfect work.

At this Religion, Culture, and Politics Workshop Neil Arner, assistant professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Theology, modeled a humanistic response to these interdisciplinary difficulties by offering a critical and constructive evaluation of Jonathan Haidt’s influential book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012).

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