In my opinion, I believe that reason is a more reliable foundation of knowledge compared to sensory experience, because without reasoning, we would not be able to make sense of things. For instance, when it rained, my eyes saw that there was water falling to the ground; my hand felt water touching my skin; my ears heard the pounding of water on the roof, my tongue tasted the salt water that fell into it; and my nose was able to smell the “green” smell of the moist earth. Without my reasoning, I can just say that I can see, hear, feel, taste and smell water, but with reasoning, I can infer that it was raining due to my five senses. Basically, reasoning helps us to understand more. However, I am not saying that sensory experience is not a reliable foundation of knowledge, because it truly is. I think that sensory experiences help us in our reasoning; it aids us in deducing whatever we have to achieve. Another example for this problem is the event of Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity. Back then, Isaac Newton was resting below an apple tree when an apple hit his head which led him to further studies thus ending with his theory on gravity. From that event, Isaac Newton used his reasoning skills in order to come upon the theory that there must be something that made the apple hit his head. If Isaac Newton just used his sensory skills, he could have just stopped when he felt the throbbing pain on his head, but Newton was not satisfied with the apple dropping on his head. In conclusion, I consider reason as a more reliable foundation of knowledge. Reasoning helps us to realize what makes things work with the help of our sensory experiences. Therefore, we must use both reason and sense experience in our everyday learning, because these two come hand in hand or support each other as a foundation of knowledge.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document