What Does Emotion Cloud? Essay

1280 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
In the production of knowledge many factors come into play, emotion and reason being the main factors. In my opinion I believe that the claim “In the production of knowledge, it is only because emotion works so well that reason can work at all.” is not true. In other to understand this claim, questions to what extent can emotion cloud reasoning and how emotion is used in the production of knowledge need to be kept in mind. Areas of knowledge that are best for representing these factors are religious knowledge systems and history. In religious knowledge systems, emotion is used to decide on what is true and what is false. Certain ideas like the extend of god can be very driven by faith and emotion cloud all sense of reasoning. While in history, emotion causes bias and selective evidence. This can be well observed by the opinions that were expressed by the superpowers of the Cold War against opposing ideologies.

When looking at the knowledge question to what extent does emotion cloud reasoning the example of history comes into mind. History expresses of emotions through bias. An example of this is with the Cuban Revolution. Cuban was being taken over by a dictatorship under that leader Batista supported by the U.S. Because of this the people of the country were oppressed. After the Cuban revolution lead by Fidel Castro, the U.S. worried that Cuba would be communist and attack the U.S. because of this blind fear the U.S. represented Castro and the country of…

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