• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

the roles played by reason and imagination in at least two Areas of Knowledge.

Extracts from this document...


Topic: Compare the roles played by reason and imagination in at least two Areas of Knowledge. Reason and imagination are what I believe to be opposite viewpoints. Reason has more to do with logic and fits well with the area of History. Imagination is more emotion, invention and creation which is seems to be associated with Art. When we says Art, we think is imaginative, after all, many works of Art are "imaginary", that is, we have no basis in factual events. Art and imagination are connected the way history and reason are connected. They are mere products of the imagination, of that faculty of the mind which has to do with perceiving images. So when the artist begin art, first, they imagine in their head how they are going to use the space, for examples landscapes, colours, and the character on a fantasy art. The role of imagination in art is fairly straightforward. If you are painting any sort of picture it is necessary to imagine what the painting will look like, and what will go where before starting, if you are making a sculpture, you must have the vision to picture which parts of the stone you must chisel off, without this no art would be created. ...read more.


Reason plays a role in establishing what the event or situation is. Like telling a story, history requires a certain degree of creative imagination when interpreting the evidence, making it relevant and more human. Our knowledge of political relationships and motives behind important events in history are the interpretations of historians to explain the factual evidence. Trusting solely on imagination may seem to be a very unreliable method of drawing history. Limit must be set on the creative license of a historian and what he can recreate using his imagination, otherwise written history could become fiction, giving power to historians to create 'truth'. Colin Powell told the UN on February 5th, 2003, that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, basing his claim on the past documents and inquiries only to later admit that they "appeared not to be...that solid". Demonstrating the danger of relying on interpretations enhanced by imagination that are not backed by sufficient records. The creative imagination has a place in the study of history, but it must be balanced with scientific reasoning and analysis of the factual evidence. A historian can recreate the atmosphere of a war, bringing the emotions to life, but cannot abuse his position by creating a reality that is pure speculation or has very little founding in fact. ...read more.


But when you mix the two of them even if they are opposite, they can fit together because you can have hypothesis like when historians think that it could be true and we think that it is possible so we use reason and imagination as well. In Art I think it affect our thinking as well because when you mix imagination and reason together , there is a meaning behind the piece of artwork, and it make people think about it, and that what artist want too. For example, Picasso and his work "Guernica", There is a hole process in this painting because it's means something and that where we use reason in Art it's to understand what the painting is about. Reason and imagination are two entirely different things, but they are not separate. In human science like history, reason is prevalent but imagination is also there. In the Arts, imagination is the more dominant of the two, but reason still has an important role. In the Natural Sciences, reason and imagination play varied roles, sometimes one is more prominent, and sometimes the other is. They always affect each other. Word Count: 1322 Sources: http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/golden-ratio.html http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art http://www.philagora.net/philo-bac/anthrop90.htm http://www.barbery.net/philo/imho/imagination-kant.htm The TOK Retreat Workbook ?? ?? ?? ?? 4 | Page 3 | Page December 2, 2008 [TOK ESSAY] LOCCI JONATHAN 1 | Page ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge essays

  1. Emotion Vs Reason

    Reasoning plays a major role in modern history, as through reasoning we are able to understand the causes and effects of previous events. Relating this to several different conflicts or problems in the past, we realise that reasoning determines how you know in history, while emotion determines what you know.

  2. A historian must combine the rigour of the scientist with the imagination of the ...

    If we let A represent scientific 35 knowledge and B represent artistic knowledge, then history is represented by bloodgroup AB, (which does not have any antibodies). In case of a blood transfusion, people of blood group AB can thus receive blood from both A and B without any major problems.

  1. Which is the more important attribute of the historian: the ability to analyse evidence ...

    This highlights how the analysis of historical evidence and research is not 100% reliable, as it involves checking the validity of the sources in order to come to a conclusion.

  2. TOK summer assignment - Art Questions. Experiencing art, artists reputations and "what is ...

    Room 111 consisted of some acrylic work. This was used more in the modern times, which was probably more expensive, which is why only some artists could afford to use it for their paintings. The use of acrylic on some of the paintings gave a more abstract and modern feel to the room, rather than the regular oil on canvas form.

  1. Does language play roles of equal importance in different areas of knowledge?

    own problems even though language helped people to express their ideas and knowledge to other people and pass down their discoveries and research to other generations. In natural science, the problem with language is that even though scientists document their research and discoveries, the other scientists in the new generations

  2. Theory of Knowledge People need to believe that order can be glimpsed in the ...

    Similarly, if a poetic fragment is deemed as not being fruitful to my creative exploration, I simply dismiss it so that my emotional vision can become more coherent. In contrast, practitioners in the field of natural science like chemists and physicists use specific, rational methodologies in attempting to clarify the inner-workings of the phenomena around them.

  1. A historian must combine the rigour of the scientist with the imagination of the ...

    Think of all of the things about the Holocaust that we have learned from Anne Frank's diary. It is when the historian takes part by using the primary documents to create their own conclusions that doubts concerning the conclusions are formed.

  2. Tok Art Assignment: My reactions on visiting the Art Gallery

    8. The piece of art work that leaves me puzzled is called Lever by Carl Andre and was created in 1966. This piece of art is made up of only 137 firebricks. 1. I liked the piece due to its strange yet simple style.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work