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2 Are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions? In a world where countless amounts of decisions are made every day, from the food to you eat to the time you go to bed, many are not reflected on and questioned but always there are a few which we look back on. A split second decision in today's world may be the difference between life and death, a strong financial future or bankruptcy. So what happens when we make the wrong decision and the outcome becomes unfavorable and the lives of others are changed forever? And do reason and emotion need to be used to justify moral decisions if the decision has a positive outcome and the lives of others are positively affected? A mother and father most likely face hundreds of these decisions in the course of raising a child. In a case where a family is struggling financially and both parents are working hard to make ends meet but still can't afford to pay for essentials, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed a hungry child? In such a case reason and emotion are not equal. ...read more.


In this case as the person is a loved one the immediate reaction may be solely based on emotion because any person's instinct tells them to take care of and watch out for a loved one. If they were to act based on emotion and something was to go wrong and a life was lost, emotion would not justify the decision. Most likely when reflected upon everything in the doctor's mind would tell him that he made the wrong decision and should have rushed to the hospital. But if the choice to go to the hospital was made, and the loved one did not live, reason would be blamed for the death and again would not justify the action. So simply when presented with a situation that has a negative ending both reason and emotion cannot justify a moral decision. In such a case there is no proper way to act and everything is based entirely on the doctor's judgment and their belief in themselves. One may argue that reason is necessary to vindicate such a choice because of the possible complications but here emotion is the primary tool used to make, and later justify the decision as it is the doctor who will have to live with consequence for the ...read more.


As reason and emotion are used to justify moral decisions dilemmas are created that can not be explained by either. If one is tangled in a situation where they feel responsible for a negative outcome they may never find the means in which to explain why they made their decision and never find a reason to put themselves to peace. Both reason and emotion may be related to a situation with a negative outcome to provide different persepectives and approaches to it but ultimately, whether approved of by a third party or not, it is the individual that must live with the decision he or she make and therefore take both reason and emotion, during the situation, into account when reasoning their moral decision. We seak to justify our moral choices usually because they turn out to be the wrong one. We learn from these mistakes and in the future approach situations from different view points and with a different understanding. However when the correct choice is made we do not question why and do not wonder if emotion and reason were equally necessary to account for moral decision and perhaps we should infact reflect on certain decisions as they may not only effect us and our families and friends but strangers and coincidentally the world as a whole. ...read more.

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