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

"There can be no Knowledge without emotion...until we have felt the force of this knowledge it is not ours" (adapted by Arnold Bennett). Discuss this vision of the relationship between knowledge and emotion

Extracts from this document...


"There can be no knowledge without emotion...until we have felt the force of this knowledge, it is not ours" (adapted from Arnold Bennett). Discuss this vision of the Relationship between Knowledge and Emotion Before launching into discussion, we must understand some key terms. In general, 'knowledge' means generally accepted ideas, justified beliefs or the know-how for performing a task-like knowing how to play the flute. An 'emotion' is what one mentally feels, e.g. love, hate, happiness, sadness, excitement, curiosity, doubt, longing, desire...These feelings may have physiological correlates, like tears for sadness, heart racing for fear. Emotions also affect our thoughts and actions; thoughts and actions also affect emotions. The 'force' of knowledge is the emotional impact from the knowledge: e.g. the excitement after 'knowing' a secret. Finally and most importantly, to make the knowledge 'ours', or 'owning' it, is when we remember it for a very long time, deeply understand and/ or attach an emotional significance, genuinely care about the knowledge. To 'understand' something is to know its importance and implications, its background knowledge, and/ or have a systematic interpretation and reasoning for it. ...read more.


Thus my emotions of passion help me retain and truly "own" this knowledge. An even more interesting counter claim against the need of emotions to gain knowledge is that emotions can block scientists from learning something new. Taking a more modern example, the stubborn emotions of contemporary scientists rejected Carl Woese's discovery that Archaea was the third fundamental type of living organism (the other two being prokaryotes and eukaryotes). Therefore we can see how gaining of new knowledge can be blocked by emotion. Yet at the same time, we could argue that Woese needed the emotion of obstinate determination to make many more observations, to finally convince the scientific public. I too learnt about the great necessity of perseverance to carry out so many experiments in science to provide support for theories. During my group four project, my partner and I had done forty-six tests, checking nitrate levels in soil samples, which was already an exhausting experience. This point leads on to another knowledge claim, but which supports Bennett's statement: Before discoveries are made, emotions are needed to drive scientists to knowledge. Just last year, NASA found ice in the soil of Mars, suggesting how there could be water on the planet, possibly even extraterrestrial life. ...read more.


Instead of explicitly stating they are "secretly happy", Austen describes "smiles reined in, spirits danced in private rapture." If I were emotionless, I would simply think this is a more elaborate, fancy way of saying the same thing: metaphors therefore being a waste of ink. Fortunately I do have emotions. By empathizing with them and imagining their exquisite joy and titillating tenderness, I can appreciate Austen's craft of conveying this deeper emotional meaning to the reader with vivid imagery. Likewise, emotions help us understand the beauty and effect of music. In "Somewhere" by Within Temptation, the voices are long drawn calls; the music floods the ears with a resonating, languid richness. The music instantly stirs me with a deep, moving poignancy. Yet I would not be able to understand the alternating moments of soul-deep sorrow and lingering hope, if I could not feel emotions. Instead, I would probably say dispassionately that "Somewhere" is simply a specific combination and interaction of notes, rhythms, melodies and voices-nothing to fuss about at all. Therefore, despite some counter claims that are reasonable to an extent, there are far more supporting claims, all strengthened by evidence that propose Arnold Bennett's claim. Thus, essentially, knowledge will not be "ours" until we have felt the emotional "impact" of it. Word Count: 1489 (not including title) ?? ?? ?? ?? ...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. Doubt is the Key to Knowledge

    Since 2001 the cloning of animals has become a prominent Science with its main goal of producing more food for consumers. When I was first informed about this "revolutionary breakthrough" I naturally had some doubts. Clearly others had similar concerns because the common question arose: how safe is this cloned food to consume?

  2. The knowledge that we value the most is the knowledge for which we can ...

    the laws of science and logic, that man would either trust his own senses completely or seriously ponder the possibility of a real floating carpet in front of him, but he would not reject his own senses immediately as weaker justifications compared to that of science.

  1. Doubt is the key to all knowledge. To what extent is this true in ...

    Mathematics is the most stable and consistent area of knowledge that has ever existed. I think it is only areas of knowledge that is not affected by any ways of knowing. This is because every belief or basic principle in math went through logical reasoning and tested exhaustively.

  2. Where does knowledge come from?

    For example, the development of the knowledge of learning disabilities has surely developed over time. Way back before the existence of learning disabilities in children was known, a child might have been labeled as merely "stupid" or "lazy" just because he could not learn in a regular classroom setting.

  1. Theory of knowledge essay outline

    * Maybe it really is all just some false reality. But it is OUR reality. And our reality relies on our senses. Essay Criteria A: Understanding knowledge issues Throughout this essay outline I was able to fulfill the first criteria because it constantly refers to the senses, its reliability and truth.

  2. Should emotion play a role in the evaluation of knowledge claims?

    Let us suppose that I am a rape victim. I do not want the child but even though I have made my decision it is hard to finally do it. Even though there is debate on this issue, we would think of the fetus as alive and emotion would start playing.

  1. That which can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. (Christopher Hitchens). ...

    This degree of believing is referred to as having faith. Faith is a constituent of humans? social emotions. In other words, one can only have faith if they are influenced by strong emotions. However, the fact that emotion may affect the other ways of knowing, it can be questioned whether

  2. Extended Essay. How do social class and gender affect the pursuit of happiness ...

    And all because Heathcliff was different. Character Development In both novels, it?s important to note the developments each character goes through. We see both Heathcliff and Jane as children, and we see the changes that happen to them. Heathcliff was wild child who loved to play and make trouble with Catherine.

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