David Brooks writes about the relationship between the mind, morality and character in The New York Times op-ed article “The Mental Virtues”:
…[the]mind is embedded in human nature, and very often thinking well means pushing against the grain of our nature — against vanity, against laziness, against the desire for certainty, against the desire to avoid painful truths. Good thinking isn’t just adopting the right technique. It’s a moral enterprise and requires good character, the ability to go against our lesser impulses for the sake of our higher ones.
Read Brooks’ “The Mental Virtues” here.