Reason and Passion in Politics

POLSCI 207

Examines the psychology of politics and political judgment at the intersection of reason and passion. Explores how emotion and motivation interact with cognition to produce political and moral judgments, and how political elites utilize these for their own ends. Significant consideration is given to questions of (1) the possible severability of reason from passion, particularly at the level of neurophysiology, (2) the roles that passion plays for democratic citizenship, (3) the ego-protective functions of political reasoning, and (4) the broader normative implications of passion's various influences for democracy, both good and bad. Instructor: Johnston

Curriculum Codes
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • PSY 326S
Typically Offered
Occasionally