Reason and Passion in Politics

PSY 326S

Explores the nature of mass politics in democracies through the distinction between reason and passion and the idea that a well-functioning democracy requires the triumph of cold deliberation over emotion and intuition. Discussion of classic texts on reason and passion from philosophy, politics, and psychology; dual-process models of political judgment and decision making; political belief updating and persistent disagreement over facts; moral psychology and political ideology; emotions and collective action.
Curriculum Codes
  • SS
Cross-Listed As
  • POLSCI 431S
Typically Offered
Fall and/or Spring