If you want to think
rationally, what role do your emotions play? Is there a conflict
between thinking rationally and experiencing feelings? In this
episode, I explain the history of ideas around reason and emotion,
and provide an overview of how to think rationally about feelings.
Although the Enlightenment was a revolution in thinking rationally,
Enlightenment philosophers never resolved their contradictions
about the relationship between reason and the emotions, leaving a
legacy of confusion about this topic. Instead of slavishly
following feelings or repressing and ignoring them, rational
thinking gives you a deeper, richer emotional life. Rational
thinking enables you to pay attention to your feelings and make use
of their valuable information.