Should be emotion play a role in evaluating knowledge claims?
No, emotion should not play a role on evaluating knowledge claims. Emotions are very personal and can lead a person to have an opinion ignoring the facts. Once a person uses emotion they are connected personally to the subject at hand and they are thinking more of the outcome a decision will have on them or their loved one more than what is the fair and right thing to do. I strongly believe that knowledge issues should only be evaluated through logic. Logic requires a person to think rationally and not decide what is better for them or those they love. On evaluating something fairly I think that it is important for one to be able to decide on the subject without being influenced by their personal interests and benefiting themselves. If emotions are involved in the judging of knowledge claims then there is no possibility that one will not think of the personal affect the decision will have on them. Therefore, I believe that emotions can not be involved in evaluating knowledge claims if it is to be a fair, logical claim.
How do you explain our revulsion for cannibalism without resorting to emotion? Are children presented with logical arguments against cannibalism?
Is faith an emotion?
Faith is not an emotion, but it is a feeling. Emotions are things such as sorrow, happiness, anger, etc. Whereas, feelings are instinct like premonitions, that are more complex and more thought out than emotions. Faith is the personal belief or personal premonition in something that can’t be influenced or changed by anyone. Faith is much less superficial and much more complex than simple emotions, as emotions can be clearly expressed through words or actions, such as tears, smiling or angrily shouting, and faith can only be expressed through deep explanations and profound thoughts. People can have faith is several different things, such as Gods, individual people or in things as simple and common as having faith that it will be sunny tomorrow. Since faith requires thinking, analysis and beliefs, it cannot be an emotion; it is much more significant and complex than a simple emotion.
Should emotion play a role in evaluating knowledge claims?
I don’t agree that emotion should play a role in evaluating knowledge claims because emotions are individual. Because emotions are individual, or in other words, we cannot prove that the name for a certain emotion means the same pool of feelings another person senses, emotions can be broad generalizations of one’s feelings and therefore are highly subjective, which are two concepts that one should avoid when evaluating knowledge claims (generalizations and subjectivity). For instance, let’s observe how valid it is to use emotion to evaluate that God does not exist. People who support the idea that God exists claim that they only feel guilty and fearful when they commit unethical and immoral actions because there is an ultimate goal of perfection, God, who we are always looking back to. However, Einstein uses the same argument to show the inverse situation- that fear and other emotions are what causes the human mind to create illusory beings more or less analogous to itself on whose wills and actions these fearful happenings depend. Because emotion is not irrefutable, it cannot be used to prove that God exists or to evaluate any other knowledge claim.
To what degree can emotion be used as a moral jusitification?
I believe emotion can be used to a fairly extent degree as a moral justification because is an involuntary feeling which the person obviously cannot control, by definition, therefore the acts that this person committs often become justifiable because she cannot control her own emotions. Since the person cannot control her own emotions, and therefore her actions, she can put the blame on her emotions. It's like the Hulk, he cannot control when he is going to turn into a giant green monster because he does it when he becomes angy, which is something he cannot control, therefore his metamorphosis is not his fault.
Is faith an emotion?
Faith is not an emotion. Faith by definition from dictionary.com means “trust in someone or something” or means “strong belief in God”. Emotion is defined as “any particular feelings that characterize a state of mind.” Examples of emotions are happiness, sadness, anger, and frustration. You can use these words to describe your state of being at the moment. For example, I can say “I feel frustrated” or “I feel happy”. Emotion is an adjective used to describe yourself. However, you cannot say “I feel trust or belief”. Those words don’t describe your state of being but instead tell someone that you possess the capacity to feel something towards someone or something else. You can possess a belief or possess trust in something, but you don’t FEEL trust. You don’t FEEL belief. Faith is something that you have not something that you feel. Someone can have varying degrees of faith and faith may cause humans to feel certain emotions, but faith itself is not an emotion.
Is faith an emotion?
Contrary to Anna’s point, I believe that faith is an emotion. In my opinion, faith is just another word for fear, and fear is clearly an emotion as it is a reaction to something that one may be afraid of. The reason why I believe that faith is the same thing as fear is because of the way that religion was structured and created, and how our reliance on it has been for selfish reasons. It can be said that with humanity’s inability to truly see a higher power or any forms of god, religion was created to provide a perspective. People are often afraid of what they know or the unknown. Since people had no questions to essential questions such as life after death and punishment for life crimes, it can be said that religion was created to fill the void created by these questions. The actual practice of faith would be to express ones beliefs in the form of hope. Hope, just like religion can be used in the glass half full or half empty theory. This would mean that people are either hopeful or fearful or both. We create hope is dire situations where we are in need of something. With religion, we often resort to the action of praying for a special need. If we had full confidence in the situation or our abilities, there would be no use of hoping, it would be confidence and no worries about failing would arise. You can be hoping to do well, praying to mess up, or be doing both at the same time. If having hope also means having worry, and hope is represented by the essence of faith, then we can conclude that faith is equivalent to fear making it an emotion
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