From Romanticism to Political Correctness: Modernity and Emotional Illiteracy

Below is a link to an article by Richard Cocks in People of Shambhala on the topic of emotions and modernity.

From Romanticism to Political Correctness: Modernity and Emotional Illiteracy

 

10 thoughts on “From Romanticism to Political Correctness: Modernity and Emotional Illiteracy

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  3. Good post. But you’re better off reading about the Dual Process theory of Cognition. System 1 thought is heavily emotionally driven and is the preferred mode of cognition for the majority of Mankind.

    Bonus. This dual process approach also seems to apply to art appreciation as well.

    • @ Slumlord. I’m somewhat familiar with Daniel Kahneman’s version. Some versions, it seems from a quick glance at Wikipedia, seem to see System 1 as emotionally driven and System 2 is not. If this is accurate I guess I’m arguing that a separation of emotion from a rational analysis would be disastrous – e.g., in areas involving morality. Choosing first principles also seems to have an intuitive and emotional component. The reasoning following from first principles probably doesn’t require much if any emotional intelligence.

  4. Good article. The formation of a man’s conscience is both rational and emotional. There is actually no such thing as reason without emotion. Through our egalitarianism we have lost sight of ideals and consequently of any concept of spiritual or moral growth. But a man can’t live without morality, so he will make up his own, or it will be made up for him. So we have the mob mentality that has lead to a new egalitarian morality.

    This egalitarian morality is one without any ideal other than equality. There is no ideal for the individual to strive for.

  5. Very good article.

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Plato’s tripartite division of the soul. After all, modern nihilism seems a lot like a total inversion: base appetites enforced by thumos justified by reason.

    By the way, the Jim above and I are different people. I’m the one who’s been commenting the last few days.

    Jim-Have you been here long or comment often? If so, I’ll just change or lengthen my name.

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