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Evaluate the Ways in which Emotion Might Enhance and/or Undermine Reasoning as a Way of Knowing

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Caroline van Bommel 05/11/02 Tok Essay Evaluate the Ways in which Emotion Might Enhance and/or Undermine Reasoning as a Way of Knowing Whether emotion enhances or undermines reasoning must be looked at from every angle before making any plausible conclusions. The first thing to do is define the words in the statement above. These are the dictionary meanings of these two words: Emotion (Oxford dictionary)-intense mental feeling or a strong instinctive feeling. And Reason (Oxford dictionary)-motive, cause, justification; ability to think and draw conclusions; sanity; good sense or judgement what is right or practical or possible, use of ones ability to think and draw conclusions. After reading the meanings given by the dictionary you can see the one contradicts the other because with pure reason no emotion can be used. A conclusion which has no reason and only emotion is one that is probably your first idea and has no thought evolved in reaching this conclusion. ...read more.

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Because this child is so emotionally strung up in this quest that he gets everyone convinced that there is a heaven, but he has no proof of it except for some drawings of his own and his visual recollection of this place. Eventually the father finds other books that contain drawings like his sons and he starts calculating and he eventually finds a was to reach heaven. Now he knows that heaven exists and that you do not need to be dead to be there and if he had only listened to reason he would of thought that his son was crazy and would of ignored the ideas that he told. Because he is a scientist he needed proof and not just some vague description of a fantasy world that his 6 year old son dreamed up. Emotion can also enhance reason because if you are sitting behind your computer depressed it will be harder to reason, but if you are sitting in front of your computer filled with energy because that guy/girl just asked you out, you are ready to reason. ...read more.

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So the crowd forgets all reason because of this emotion. But this is clearly the most known example and the most obvious so much explanation is no necessary. Anger is also an emotion that undermines reason because for example you have a fight with your parents and you are angry at them for not letting you go out in the weekend you think to yourself oh they are such egocentric bastards and they want to make my life sour and you might not realise that this actually might be good because this way you can study for your up coming tests or write that big TOK essay due pretty soon. Here the anger/ emotion is undermining reason. I conclude to think that in order to come to any sort of conclusions you must take more than one of the paths of the way of knowing and that emotion can either undermine or enhance reason depending on the environment and the speaker. But the emotion is always in any conclusion because it the and instinctive thing to do and there is nothing to stop emotion from either enhancing or undermining reason. ...read more.

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