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release date: Sep 04, 2018
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The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures.  Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.

Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.

This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines.
release date: Feb 12, 2013
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The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

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In this “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review) social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike. 
 
Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, Haidt shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.

release date: Dec 01, 2006
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The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
The bestselling author of The Righteous Mind draws on philosophical wisdom and scientific research to show how the meaningful life is closer than you think

The Happiness Hypothesis is a book about ten Great Ideas. Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations--to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives and illuminate the causes of human flourishing. Award-winning psychologist Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Righteous Mind, shows how a deeper understanding of the world's philosophical wisdom and its enduring maxims--like "do unto others as you would have others do unto you," or "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"--can enrich and even transform our lives.

release date: Apr 10, 2018
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All Minus One: John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated
Heterodox Academy has produced a new book based on John Stuart Mill's famous essay On Liberty to make it accessible for the 21st century.
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release date: Mar 25, 2012
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Meaning in Life and Why It Matters (The University Center for Human Values Series)

Most people, including philosophers, tend to classify human motives as falling into one of two categories: the egoistic or the altruistic, the self-interested or the moral. According to Susan Wolf, however, much of what motivates us does not comfortably fit into this scheme. Often we act neither for our own sake nor out of duty or an impersonal concern for the world. Rather, we act out of love for objects that we rightly perceive as worthy of love--and it is these actions that give meaning to our lives. Wolf makes a compelling case that, along with happiness and morality, this kind of meaningfulness constitutes a distinctive dimension of a good life. Written in a lively and engaging style, and full of provocative examples, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters is a profound and original reflection on a subject of permanent human concern.

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release date: Nov 01, 2002
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Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived
Psychology has made great strides in understanding mental illness, but how much has it learned about mental health? When people want to reflect upon the good life and how to live it, they turn to philosophers and novelists, not psychologists. The emerging field of positive psychology aims to redress this imbalance. In Flourishing, distinguished scholars apply scientific analyses to study the good life, expanding the scope of social and psychological research to include happiness, well-being, courage, citizenship, play, and the satisfactions of healthy work and healthy relationships. Their findings reveal that a sense of meaning and a feeling of richness emerge in life as people immerse themselves in activities, relationships, and the pursuit of intrinsically satisfying goals like overcoming adversity or serving one's community through volunteering. This provocative book will further define this evolving field.
release date: Oct 09, 2006
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La hipotesis de la felicidad. La busqueda de verdades modernas en la sabiduria antigua (Psicologia) (Spanish Edition)
Encontrar la felicidad y el sentido de la vida, tareas que motivaron el quehacer de la filosofia en sus origenes, son ahora motivo de intensas y apasionantes investigaciones en el campo de la psicologia positiva. Jonathan Haidt ha aceptado el reto mayusculo de abordar estas cuestiones y de darles respuesta, a traves de un metodo que auna un sano eclecticismo, brillantez expositiva y rigurosidad cientifica. La hipotesis de la felicidad se cimienta en Diez Grandes Ideas que Haidt encontro en los textos de sabiduria antigua de tres grandes zonas del pensamiento clasico: India (por ejemplo, los Upanishad, el Bhagavad Gita o los proverbios de Buda), China (las Analectas de Confucio, el Tao te Ching o los escritos de Mencio) y las culturas del Mediterraneo (el Viejo y Nuevo Testamento, los filosofos griegos y latinos, el Coran). Capitulo a capitulo Haidt desgrana cada una de estas ideas clasicas descubiertas por varias civilizaciones contrastandolas con los hallazgos de la investigacion contemporanea. El resultado es una guia de autoayuda enriquecedora, llena de frescura e inteligencia, que muestra con claridad los pasos a seguir en nuestro camino hacia la felicidad.
release date: Dec 01, 2012
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The Happiness Hypothesis:Find Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom(Chinese Edition)
《象与骑象人》作者乔纳森·海特是著名心理学家,坦普尔顿积极心理学奖获得者,伟大的思想家、积极心理学先锋派领袖。
乔纳森·海特在《象与骑象人》中把人类思考了两千多年的问题,归结为10个假设,放在科学的天平上,到底哪些是真理,哪些是谬误?海特提出,人的心理可分为两半,一半像一头桀骜不驯的大象,另一半则是理性的骑象人。这两个分裂的部分,使得人们常常陷于理性与非理性的思想争战之中,而这种争战不仅会影响我们的决策,也会削弱我们的幸福感。乔纳森·海特融合了心理学、哲学、伦理学、宗教以及人类学等学科知识,大量饮用了古今东西方哲学、文学与宗教中有关人的心理的看法,继而以现今神经科学与社会心理学的研究成果,来验证关于古老的关于幸福的假设。
乔纳森·海特不仅让我们了解到,之前很多的所谓的"古老智慧"并不是真谛,而且还让我们懂得,如何积极地、理性地去寻找幸福和生命的意义。
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Democracy - A Journal of Ideas - Special Issue - A Symposium, Winning the Voting Wars - Spring 2013 – No. 28
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release date: Oct 24, 2006
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By Jonathan Haidt - La hipotesis de la felicidad. La busqueda de verdades modernas en (2006-10-24) [Paperback]
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