Re reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions?

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Re reason and emotion equally necessary in justifying moral decisions?

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This topic needs a clear analytic focus on the question the entire time. Absolutism and relativism are themes which can easily be used.
Ethics, Emotion and reason are both ways of knowing and if you do a good job linking between reason, emotion, ethics you can really have a good paper. Remember, always focus on answering the question specifically.”


I would start out, after an intro, by clearly stating the stance that you plan on taking in the essay. Like a Thesis that the rest of the paper will support.
What is important is that the stance taken needs to be supported throughout the essay with well reasoned and logical argument.
For instance, If i claim both emotion and reason are equally significant I need to explain why I believe this. I need to use examples to do this. I need to use good, clear points which make sense. My reasoning must be valid.”

Here are two different approaches that could be used

One: Emotion and reason are equally important because emotion works as a catalyst for ethics.
two: one could argue that reason is more necessary for moral decisions. After all, emotional states are not always rational or reasonable. One may feel something and immediately emotionally react to a situation, but upon reasoning, one may find that the original emotional response was narrow-sighted.”


3 sources is a good number but these sources do not have to come from very complicated philosophical books as this is last year of high school work in europe.