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Are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions? Reason and emotions are different aspects of the justification of moral decision. According to me reason has to do with logical thinking, and we use reason as a declaration to explain or justify our actions and decisions. Emotion on the other hand is more chaotic. It is a mental state that arises spontaneously based of feelings. But are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions? Well if moral decisions were exclusively based on reason they would be very logical. Whereas emotions often tend to cloud judgement and hinder an objective view. However we are all human beings and cannot separate our rational and emotional mind which means that both reason and emotion are necessary. Using my knowledge and reason concerning the question, I have asked myself if we do act in the same way in a familiar situation as in an unfamiliar situation. ...read more.


For example, take the role of an individual in a jury. This individual, and the rest of the jury, are supposed to judge the case presented according to reason so that the criminal is prosecuted justly on the basis of objectivity. However, we cannot separate our rational and emotional mind and the information provided to the jury members are therefore looked at both emotional and rational. When dealing with reason and emotion context is important, especially possible previous similar experiences. If the individual jury member mentioned above is to judge a murderer and at the same time have had a close relative murdered he or she will be much more bloodthirsty because of previous experiences. Reason uses the information of the situation to justify a moral decision with objectivity. Emotions are mush more subjective and can drastically change over time. However, without a context emotions cannot be categorized as chaotic or impulsive. ...read more.


In most parts of the world killing people is a crime, but it has not always been the general moral belief. However due to the moral belief of today's society killing people is a crime, and without this view we could not know whether or not killing is morally wrong. The amount of reason and emotion necessary to justify moral decisions is individual and depends on life experiences, personal moral beliefs and the context of the situation. Morals have to do with right and wrong, it is based on moral beliefs and emotions. Reason and logic are used to follow our emotions. We cannot separate our rational and logical mind, they are both necessary but could not be applied equally. However as all of us are responsible for our actions we should give ourselves time to reflect upon the moral dilemma presented before us before we act. ?? ?? ?? ?? Theory of knowledge Emelie Gļæ½ransson ...read more.

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