For centuries we have assumed reason to be ruthlessly independent of passion or emotion.  Yet Nietzsche argued "reason is an emotional experience'', and now neuroscientists have shown sad moods can trigger systematic and logical thinking.   Furthermore, studies have shown that emotion plays a crucial part in grounding reason in reality, essential to our being able to make decisions.  

Is it a mistake to think reason and emotion are quite separate, and instead conclude they are deeply connected?   Does this threaten the calm and considered assessment of events required for social wellbeing and decision making?  Or does it liberate us to think afresh knowing that there isn't only one rational way to think? 

In association with TLS.

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