Playing with the Passions
HNSM 163 - Playing with the Passions3 hours Our passions can play on our reason–are we awake or are we dreaming? Do we choose an action because it is reasonable or because we have rationalized our passions? In turn, reason is used to play on the passions: people are manipulated through their desires or fears. We see examples of both in The Brothers Karamazov. Which of these two, reason or passion, rules us? Even the seemingly most rational of our activities–science–uses persuasion, as we see in Descartes and in modern cases of scientific debate. How do our reason and our passions lead us to answer the questions of who we are and what our place is in the world and in the cosmos?