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Reason and emotion: society, politics and religion
From Thursday 13 December 2018
To Friday 14 December 2018
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by Josep Maria Carbonell

The reason is, often, partial and biased, impregnated with emotional prejudices, which reduces its possible role of peacemaker, especially when it becomes more necessary. The tensions between globalization and identity, between security and freedom, between justice and inequality, make emotional forces very intense and, in the best of cases, not very constructive. It also contributes a strong individualistic dimension that fills itself with their particular emotional experiences and is harmed by more or less normative collective institutions. On the other hand, the rise of neurosciences makes the interactions between reason and emotions be explored in detail, with a view to various applications, such as new models of teaching, advertising and economic management.

All this contributes to the fact that politics, religion, economics, culture live a moment of transgression - such as what we call post-truth, in which the concept of objective rational truth is minimized and emotional passions are encouraged to the maximum, in diverse populisms. In this project, we want to consider the role of reason and emotions in knowledge, in individual psychology, in collective life (economy, politics) and in the world of religion and spirituality.

With this Symposium, the Joan Maragall Foundation wants to analyze the role played by reason and emotions in knowledge, in collective life (political economy) and in the world of psychology, religion and spirituality. And in what way the concept of reduced rationality to selfish rationality in economic theory is not sufficient to model and understand economic observations.

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