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The Emotional Dimension of Reason.

Prof. Paul Redding

It is something of a commonplace that “western culture” conceives of “mind” and “body” as opposing sides of a dichotomy, and that along with this, that our culture polarizes “reason” and “emotion”.  This dichotomy is often blamed on various factors—“Christianity” or one of its branches (Calvinism?), the influence of Descartes’ idea of the mind as a non-material “substance”, and I’m sure someone has suggested “Capitalism”. Maybe there is some truth in some of this – I don’t know. But if so, there has nevertheless been a wide range of views within our culture about the relation of reason and emotion, stretching from those that see emotion as a type of external cognitive disrupter, to those who think of normal patterns of emotional response as forming a necessary infrastructure to at least certain kinds of reasoning.
I won’t try to give a taxonomy of these views, but consider a few in particular from both the past and the present, and try to say what I think might be right or wrong with some of them.

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Building 112, Cumberland Hospital. NSW, Australia
Recorded: 29 July 2010

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Prof. Paul Redding

Professor of Philosophy, School of Philosophical and Historical Studies, University of Sydney, Australia

Paul Redding works mainly in the areas of Kantian philosophy and the tradition of German idealism. In particular he is interested in the relationship of the idealist tradition to the later movements of analytic philosophy and pragmatism, and in issues in idealist logic, philosophical psychology and philosophy of religion.

He is the author of Hegel's Hermeneutics (Cornell University Press, 1996), The Logic of Affect (Cornell University Press,  1999), Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Continental Idealism: Leibniz to Nietzsche (Routledge, 2009).


"Hegel's Philosophy of Religion" in Graham Oppy & Nick Trakakis (eds) The History of Western Philosophy of Religion, Volume IV: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy & Religion, (Chesam: Acumen, 2009). pre-print

"The Independence and Dependence of Self-Consciousness: The Dialectic of Lord and Bondsman in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit", in F. Beiser (ed.), The New Cambridge Companion to Hegel and Nineteenth Century Philosophy, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. 94–110. pre-print

 “Hegel, Idealism and God: Philosophy as the Self-Correcting Appropriation of the Norms of Life and Thought”,  Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy vol. 3, nos. 2-3, 2007. (Cosmos and History (ISSN: 1832-9101) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy:

"Idealism: A Love (of Sophia) that Dare not Speak its Name", Arts: The Journal of the Sydney University Arts Association, vol. 29 (2007), pp. 71–94. pre-print

"Hegel, Fichte and the Pragmatic Contexts of Moral Judgment", in Espen Hammer (ed), German Idealism: Contemporary Perspectives, (London: Routledge, 2007) ISBN: 0415373050. pre-print

"G. W. F. Hegel e Pierre Bourdieu: storia, kantismo e teoria sociale", invited article for Hegel e le scienze sociali, special monograph edition of the journal Quaderni di Teoria Sociale edited A. Bellan and I. Testa, number 5 (2005): pp. 139–163.

"Pierre Bourdieu: From Neo-Kantian to Hegelian Critical Social Theory", Critical Horizons, volume 6, (2005): pp. 191–213.

"Schemata, Symbols, and Syllogisms of Statehood in the Thought of Kant and Hegel", in Karl Ameriks and Jürgen Stolzenberg (eds) Internationales Jahrbuch des Deutschen Idealismus / International Yearbook of German Idealism, vol 2. (Walter de Gruyter, 2004), pp. 151-176.

"Hegel and Peircean Abduction", European Journal of Philosophy, vol 11, 3. (2003): 295–313.


“Arbeit und Anerkennung in Hegel” forthcoming Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

“The Metaphysical and Theological Commitments of Idealism:  Kant, Hegel, Hegelianism”, for volume, Douglas Moggach (ed), Politics, Religion, and Art: Hegelian Debates (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming).

 “Two Directions for Analytic Kantianism: Naturalism and Idealism”, to appear in Mario de Caro and David Macarthur (eds), Naturalism and Normativity (Columbia University Press, 2010). pre-print

“The Analytic Neo-Hegelianism of John McDowell & Robert Brandom”, to appear in Stephen Houlgate and Michael Baur (eds), The Blackwell Companion to Hegel (Blackwell, 2009). pre-print

“The Role of Work within the Processes of Recognition in Hegel’s Idealism”, in Nicholas H. Smith and Jean-Philippe Deranty (eds) New Philosophies of Labour: Work and the Social Bond (Leiden and Boston: Brill, forthcoming). pre-print

“The Possibility of German Idealism after Analytic Philosophy: McDowell, Brandom and Beyond”, in James Chase, Edwin Mares, Jack Reynolds and James Williams (eds) On the Futures of Philosophy: Post-Analytic and Meta-Continental Thinking (London: Continuum, forthcoming 2010). pre-print

"German Idealist Political Philosophy", forthcoming in George Klosko, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). pre-print


"Fichte’s Role in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, Chapter 4",  paper to APA, Pacific Division, Annual Conference, San Francisco, March 25, 2005.

“Mind of God, Point of View of Man, or Spirit of the World? Platonism and Organicism in the Thought of Kant and Hegel”, Von Kant bis Hegel 4 (Concordia Univ., Montréal, October, 2008).

“Recognition and Hegel’s tripartite taxonomy of the forms of ‘spirit’”,  contribution to volume Recognition and Social Ontology, eds. Heikki Ikäheimo & Arto Laitinen.

"Replies to Brandom and Kreines", Author’s reply at “Author-Meets-Critics” session on Analytic
Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought at the Annual Meeting of the APA, Pacific Division, Vancouver, April 10,
2009. James Kreines's presentation is available here.

"Replies to Sedgwick and Rand", Author's replies at “Author-Meets-Critics” session on Analytic
Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought at the Annual Meeting of the APA, Eastern Division, New York, December 29,

"Some Limits of Analytic Hegelianism: An Internal Critique" Paper given to the Hegel Society of America panel on “Hegel and Analytic Philosophy” at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, New York, 29th December, 2009.

"Kantian Origins: One Possible Path from Transcendental Idealism and to a “Post-Kantian” Theological Poetics", paper to conference on  Religion, Aesthetics and Poetics in the Post-Kantian Tradition, University of Sydney, Friday 14 August, 2009.

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