Seeing Reason

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Seeing Reason

Summary:
– all disciplines need judgment to be exercised (brought in from the intuitions, the everyday experiences, hunches, the subjective)
– & yet evidence would suggest a logical outcome
– utilitarian argument – the moral life & the greatest good [but can lead to an absurd outcome]
– science deals with problems in the material world (things which are highly tangible)
– Aristotle: the mark of a trained mind never expects more precision than the subject matter allows
– arguments can seem rationally compelling, but are they also psychologically compelling?
– they discuss a network of belief
– David Hume: is often presented as an arch sceptic; pure reason is “the slave of the passions”; some things cannot be justified by reason;
– careful attending to the “real world” is more important than argument, predicated on empathy
– societies are complex Eco-systems (history, culture etc.,)
– human beings are very complicated
– discusses the will of the people & disavowal of the elites/experts
– elite athlete: if a person is playing in a team sport, you need to analyse your own weaknesses & know them even better than your opponents
– how do people think? – often not rationally; often a post-event rationalisation
– human beings struggle to reason

Source: The Philosopher’s Zone | ABC RN | Podcast date: 20 Nov 16

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