Reasoning by Facts Rather than Emotions
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 20 November 2011, Question 4
I answered a question on reasoning by facts rather than emotions for Philosophy in Action Radio on 20 November 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
How do I know that I'm reasoning based on facts, rather than just being driven by my emotions? Often, I feel strong emotions on some personal or political issue. How do I know that I'm not rationalizing what I want to be true?
My Answer, In Brief: By monitoring his thinking, a person can notice the many signs of rationalizing feelings rather than reasoning based on facts. Introspection is the key to noticing and solving this problem.
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