RATIONALITY AND EMOTIONS
IN DECISION MAKING
Olga MarkičDepartment of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Received: 23 November 2009. Accepted: 9 December 2009.
Decision making is traditionally viewed as a rational process where reason calculates the best way to achieve the goal. Investigations from different areas of cognitive science have shown that human decisions and actions are much more influenced by intuition and emotional responses then it was previously thought. In this paper I examine the role of emotion in decision making, particularly Damasio's hypothesis of somatic markers and Green’s dual process theory of moral judgment. I conclude the paper with the discussion of the threat that deliberation and conscious rationality is an illusion.
philosophy of cognitive science, decision making, emotions, the problem of free will, ethics
APA: 2630 Philosophy
JEL: D83, D84, Z19
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