Monday, October 28, 2013

Explaining the Inexplicable

The latest and greatest course offering from Prager University is called "Is Evil Rational?" and features the dean himself:

Nowadays, it's fashionable to use the terms "rational" and "irrational" (or "sick") to describe good and evil. Mass murderers are routinely described as "irrational madmen," while extraordinary acts of goodness are deemed "rational."

But is this accurate? Are "reason" and "goodness" the same thing? Or is reason, like any tool, something that can be used both for good and for bad?

In this week's video, "Is Evil Rational?" Dennis Prager answers these questions. You'll learn what role reason plays in a moral life, and whether those who do evil are inherently irrational, or are merely acting in their rational self-interest.