Emotional Choice and Rational Choice

Jon Elster

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199235018
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

 Emotional Choice and Rational Choice

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The relation between emotion and reason has been a major topic in Western philosophy since its inception. The topic of this article, the relation between emotion and rationality, is a more recent concern, reflecting the fact that the idea of rationality is itself a fairly new one. The article does not explore the distinction between reason and rationality, except to note that while the idea of reason has a normative purpose, that of rationality serves to explain behavior. Strictly speaking, the idea of rationality, too, is primarily normative. It tells an agent what he or she should do to realize his or her aims as well as possible.

Keywords: emotional choice; rational choice; Western philosophy; rationality; reason and rationality; normativity; reason

Article.  7993 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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