Many people, philosophers and others, believe that somehow our strongest passions, the things and people we love, should be constrained by reason. In some cases, reason is presented as the enemy of passion. Yet since David Hume there have been philosophers who have said this goes the other way around. Reason can only be a slave to passion: it helps us get what we want, but what we want comes first. David Braddon-Mitchell is one of these philosophers. But we face a problem: surely not every whim is as important as every other. Something must constrain our passions, even if it isn’t reason. David tells us that it’s something like love. It’s love that tells us what is a whim and what isn’t. But what is love and how do we find out what we love?
David Braddon-Mitchell (Australian)
David Braddon-Mitchell is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney. His work focusses on the Philosophy of the Mind and metaphysics, and sometimes touches on philosophies of science, biology, ethics and politics. David has written articles in leading journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, Nous, Mind, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. David is the co-author of the 2007 book The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition.
Damon Young (Australian)
Damon Young is a philosopher and writer, and Honorary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Damon is the author of Distraction, Philosophy in the Garden, and the recently published How to Think About Exercise. He has written for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian The Australian, the ABC and the BBC, and is a frequent radio guest. Damon has also published poetry, short fiction and has a new children's book out: My Nanna is a Ninja.