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

TOK May 07/08 topic 2

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions? Canic Ng TOK 12 Word count 1346 Topic 2 Mr. Vicente Everyday we make choices, every choice creates an effect in our world, the effects can be good, or can be bad, "every action creates an equal and opposite reaction."1 As observed in nature. We make choices every day, every second of our existence, from walking around, to what words we chose to express. In the making of each choice our minds takes in factors of emotion, along with reasons to justify our decision. Emotions make up whom we are, without emotions we would be nothing more than a machine. Yet we must not be clouded by our emotions, which would make use do unreasonable things. Although the knowledge that is presented in this essay is only from one mind, there is an obvious limitation in knowledge. No matter how hard one might try we can't write out our thoughts without having our own biases in the topic. This is the thought of one person, objections can't be eliminated, there is no verification of this topic, only the verification of the existence this essay brings with it. Which leads to the first issue, no matter how much one might try, our decisions will always be tainted by our emotions. ...read more.

Middle

Reasons' approach to life is more logical, less impulsive, and to the point, judging things harshly, like black and white, conversely our emotion would stand in-between to act as a middle ground, like a gray scale. If what was said so far was true then how does one emotionally justify a moral issue, one such as choosing to believe. Belief is a feeling that something is real or true, so our beliefs are based on our feeling, furthermore feelings are an emotion, which then leads us back to square 1. However there are many people which have a religion, with religion based on belief, and in turn is our emotion we then start to develop a way of substituting emotion as if it was reason, making it true if we believe, but if we oppose it, it would be label as false. By tricking itself with reason our mind makes emotion justify morality,. Prior to our action of sitting in front of the TV, we make the choice of going to the TV then planting our big lazy butts on the surface of our choice to watch what you desire. How do we justify our decision? There is no logical reason for watching TV, other than for our pure enjoyment, or perhaps it was for an assignment. ...read more.

Conclusion

If we look at emotion as well as reason we find that they are very similar but yet they are different. Emotion along with reason are both ways of knowing, each as significant as the other. Without the presence of each other our judgments would lack in crucial areas, which helps us, interpret the world around us. If reason were left out in judgment, our unstable emotion would then produce a inconsistent answer, one which there is no limit to, but if all we had was a sense of reason to guide us onto our judgment, without emotion, our judgment would lack the human quality in which it demands, making it nothing more than a calculated answer. This essay believes that it is equally important to regard both reason, as well as emotion to be equally important in the making of each choice to justify our moral decision. Emotions make up whom we are, without emotions we would be nothing more than a machine. Yet we must not be clouded by our emotions, which would make use do irresponsible things. Thus there is reason. Justifying moral decision requires, reason, and emotion, however we must not let our emotion take control of our decision. We have to aware of our moral judgments for it creates a ripple effect in the world around us. Newton's Third Law of Motion1 ...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. Art assignment TOK

    Spiritualism, late 19th century. Brighter colours Oil on canvas Straight L L A106 Diverse themes, mainly rural sites. Religious, painted furniture. White is abundant, contrasting colours. Oil on Burlap and canvas Sloppy L A107 Everyday life, Landscapes, religious traditions Impressionism Light colours Oil on canvas Careless XS and S A108 Landscapes, scenery to simbolize Canadas evolvind identity.

  2. Are Reason and Emotion Equally Necessary in Justifying Moral Decisions?

    Hence, it is not easy to evaluate the greatest happiness.9 It is not possible to know everything ethically but the ideal is that we are able to check and balance our decisions and take into account the considerations before arriving at the best solution.

  1. Free essay

    Are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions?

    A person must have knowledge in order to make a decision. Our knowledge derives principally from our senses, though some things are assumed. When making moral decisions, we use our knowledge and understanding to come to a conclusion. However, our knowledge may be wrong, which affects our decision making.

  2. TOK ESSAY may 2010 - topic no 4

    For example money is the most important for Person A, while Person B claims family is more important than money. Both statements are true because both persons believe in them and thus will live in order to meet these expectations.

  1. Are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions?

    My emotion was loyal to her request and told me that I should not get her parents involved, however reason was telling me to speak up for her medical well being. I let my emotion take over reason and didn't say anything; a month later she collapsed and was hospitalized.

  2. Reason and emotions in justifying moral decision

    It is used to ascribe properties or relations to types based on an observation instance; or to formulate laws based on limited observations of recurring phenomenal patterns. One example is such that a man goes to a lake and saw only white swans there.

  1. Debate Topic - Individuals have a moral obligation to assist people in need.

    Contention two: The innumerable ways individuals can fulfill their moral obligation to assist people in need ensure morality. The common misconception about assistance for the needy is that it is always financial, and thus, fosters dependence and self-defeating behaviors when misapplied.

  2. Are reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions?

    weren?t selected, and as a result I experienced great amounts of anger and hostility in the weeks that followed.

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