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Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reason as a way of knowing.

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Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reason as a way of knowing. Emotion is the state of mind as a result of your feelings and thoughts and is often associated to reason; reason is explanation for an action or an idea. Emotions come naturally and are usually uncontrollable; it can both enhance and undermine reason, which results to both advantages and disadvantages. As humans, we don't know everything therefore we use logic and emotion to reason in order to make the best possible decision or what we think is the best possible decision. Bias, passion, emotion clouding judgment and education are all emotional factors that can both enhance or undermine reason as a ways of knowledge. Emotion can easily cloud our judgments and undermine the reasons for our action. For example Duangchalerm Yubamrung a 20-year-old Thai lieutenant and the youngest son of Chalerm Yubamrung, a very powerful politician, was seen shooting and killing a police officer at the Twenty Club. Having a very powerful father who loved him became a great advantage for Duangchalerm. His father abused his power and used his money corruptibly to prove his son innocence. ...read more.


As a result, by doing so I would also be expanding my knowledge and experience. On the other hand, one might argue that it is not real knowledge that is gained. This is because it is subjective; it depends on an individual's senses and opinion. What you think tastes good may be the opposite of what another person thinks. But being subjective can also enhance reason and knowledge, for example if I find out that some people liked my dish and some didn't, my emotions will push and motivate me to improve the dish to try and please all or the majority of that group. However, another view can also be that being very passionate about something, an individual may not care about the different views, as they believe that their work is perfect and doesn't need changes. On the other hand, being bias because of your personal emotions can undermine reason. This is because when you strongly believe in something and this emotion causes you not to listen to the other side that counter your beliefs as you are sure that you are correct. An example of this would be my uncle, there is currently a problem associated with the government in Thailand. ...read more.


The teenager may have to try reason and think of all the possibilities to try and make a rational decision, which may still be incorrect. This can cause frustration and other negative emotions therefore, undermining it. In conclusion, emotion can both enhance and undermine reason but it would affect different people differently as everyone has distinctive personalities as a result, their reasoning and actions would depend on that particular person and what emotion is produced. However, emotions and reasons are very closely linked and they generally lead to the truth. On occasions that they don't, they are often interrupted by the factors discussed earlier. I have made many assumptions which were my personal believes which is unreliable as I am not certain that my examples would be true for everyone. Additionally, for most of my essay I have made the assumption that emotion always undermine or enhance reason but not the other way round where reason undermine/enhance emotion. If emotion really does enhance our capability to reason then it would become an advantage conversely, if it crucially undermines our ability to reason then emotional involvement should be avoided as much as possible. 1 Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and/or undermine reason as a way of knowing. 5/11/09 6:48 PM 5/11/09 6:48 PM 5/11/09 6:48 PM ...read more.

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