Knowledge from the Viewpoint of Natural Science and Art

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According to my understanding, knowledge is completely subjective, only existing in the mind of the beholder. Not only is the acquisition of knowledge limited by the tight lenses through which we view this world, to compound this, it is also limited by the conceptions created through the individual experiences of people and how these created ethical decisions limit the acceptability of certain pursuits. In the natural sciences ethical judgments limit the methods by which knowledge can be produced to a great extent because knowledge in this area is largely paradigmatic in nature and the production often undermines those paradigms thereby conflicting with widespread views on which many conceptions are based. Art, however, is limited to a far lesser extent because I believe that Knowledge in art is completely in the eye of the beholder having an extremely limited influenced by the author. Thus, their ethics just influence the meaning they create from experiencing art in a positive or negative way.
Natural Sciences
In the natural sciences knowledge is considered objective through the collective acceptance of ‘facts’ thus creating overarching paradigms that stand as a basis for understandings of how the world works. These views greatly influence the ethical judgments that people make because they lead to a conception of how the world should be. For example, the Enlightenment in the 18th Century Europe fostered in an age favoring rationalism and the advance of knowledge through the scientific method(Princeton). To a culture that was previously based in Christianity and faith, this new way of acquiring knowledge was met with huge amounts of friction because it changed the very way that the world was viewed and that facts wer...

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...rstanding art and therefore does not prove the limitation of ethics on the means of production. Thus the only limiting factor that exists is censorship from an authoritative source.
Where Knowledge in the natural sciences is based heavily on the author, art contrasts this by holding the knowledge in the audience, so the productions of knowledge are varyingly influenced by ethical judgments. This is true for every way of knowing. Considering the limitations of an area of knowledge helps to assess the value of that area because the knower understands the potential of knowledge. Additionally, the origin of how knowledge in that area is formulated is considered to some degree because that must be understood in order to know what the limitations on that area. Of course, at the same time, the idea of how knowledge is created often changes from person to person.

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