Discuss The Importance Of Reason And Emotion In Distinguishing Between Belief And Knowledge

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4. Sometimes we hear reasoned arguments that oppose a view to which we are emotionally committed; sometimes we hear a passionate plea for a view we have good reason to reject. Bearing this in mind, discuss the importance of reason and emotion in distinguishing between belief and knowledge.

Reason and emotion are two ways of knowing which can potentially impact the function of each other very significantly. However, separately, reason and emotion are two ways of knowing which are essential in distinguishing between belief and knowledge. Taking into account all areas of knowledge, reason and emotion have large roles in distinguishing between belief and knowledge, although both of these ways of knowing depend on other ways of knowing... View More »

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If I paired up emotion with perception, and decided to investigate further the statement that the Montreal Canadiens are the best NHL franchise, then emotion would be my driving force behind the investigation and I would check statistics and watch some games to use as evidence to support my statement.
Even if one of my classmates came up to me and told me that the Detroit Red Wings “are the best NHL franchise because they have won the Stanley Cup eleven times and have finished with the most points in the regular season for the past several years”, I could also use reason to justify my belief and disprove his claim. This time, taking only fact into account and not emotion, I would simply tell him that the Montreal Canadiens have won the Stanley Cup twenty-three times in their history as an NHL franchise and they have the most players inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, making them the best franchise. Even though reason and emotion are two distinct ways of knowing, they can be employed together to justify different aspects of a situation and they are both equally important in proving a belief claim to be knowledge.

Furthermore, the importance of emotion in distinguishing between belief and knowledge is the greatest when considering knowledge of oneself. When claiming to know oneself, emotion plays a very significant role in distinguishing between belief and knowledge. For instance, if I said “I hate my parents” after they didn’t let me go to the popular house party down the street, one of my friends might ask me “is that simply a belief or do you really hate ...

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