Over the weekend, my uncle recommended The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion to me. In it, Jonathan Haidt explores the foundation of our reasoning processes. He argues that human beings often make a moral judgment first, then attempt to justify a reason.
I am just getting into the meat of Haidt’s research, but I am already hooked. And it seems to me that The Righteous Mind has something interesting to say about the practice of law, where we deal regularly with judgments – moral and otherwise – and justifications.