What role do emotions play in a rational life? Is reason the slave of the passions? In this interactive webinar recorded on September 7, 2012, William R Thomas discusses Ayn Rand's views that “emotions are not tools of cognition” and Rand's view that emotions are how we experience values “psychologically.” In what sense are emotions a form of awareness? To shed light on these questions, Thomas considers the distinction between cognitive and affective states and assesses whether reason and emotion must conflict. The webinar recording is 87 minutes, total. The first 30 minutes is audio lecture with slide show, which is ollowed by a 57-minute question-and-answer session.

What role do emotions play in a rational life? Is reason the slave of the passions? In this interactive webinar recorded on September 7, 2012, William R Thomas discusses Ayn Rand's views that “emotions are not tools of cognition” and Rand's view that emotions are how we experience values “psychologically.” In what sense are emotions a form of awareness? To shed light on these questions, Thomas considers the distinction between cognitive and affective states and assesses whether reason and emotion must conflict. The webinar recording is 87 minutes, total. The first 30 minutes is audio lecture with slide show, which is ollowed by a 57-minute question-and-answer session.

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Author: William Thomas
William R Thomas writes about and teaches Objectivist ideas. He is the editor of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand and of Ethics at Work, both published by The Atlas Society. He is also an economist, teaching occasionally at a variety of universities.

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