The Importance Of Ethical Knowledge

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Knowledge -Its production and application-are subject to ethical judgment. In today’s society we come across scientific research that has been discontinued because the methods used to obtain results are deemed unethical. In a similar vein, there are works of art that are banned because of the “unethical” knowledge they are perceived to relay. The use of perception and emotion as knowledge tools in ethics draws into human subjectivity and makes ethical judgment vary between regions, settings and even individuals. My first reaction to this title was to ask myself who, or what, determines what is considered ethical? Then I asked myself whether the subjectivity of ethics creates a bias in the judgment of what is ethical, and if so, how reliable are ethical judgments. After much thought, I realized that my first response to the question was limited. Considering the areas of knowledge and ways of knowing that are involved in the question, I began to think about the nature of the production of knowledge in the arts and the natural sciences and the limits that ethics may impose on this process. In this essay I will be discussing constrains put on the production of knowledge by ethical judgments with particular reference to the arts and the natural sciences as areas of knowledge. I will first begin by explaining what I understand and define as the production of knowledge in the two areas of knowledge that are concerned with this discussion. Knowledge in the natural sciences results from the scientific method, which is mainly collective and corrective and relies heavily on experimental procedure, which strives to be empirical, replicable and falsifiable. The knowledge produced through the scientific method is subject to criticism before i... ... middle of paper ... ...lamic artists to explore geometry, calligraphy and arabesque to an incredible extent. Geometry allows the Islamic artists to produce alternative works art forms that define their views of the world and beauty with out the use of iconography. These art forms have eventually come to be associated with the Islamic culture. One might begin to think, what conclusions can be drawn from the above discussion? From my perspective, I feel as though there is enough evidence to support the above assertions despite the counter claims. I have drawn from both real life situations and personal experiences and in the process understood the influence of ethical judgment in both areas of knowledge. Ethical judgment, therefore serves to ensure that we as individuals make moral choices in our everyday life, but in doing so can limit the methods available for the production of knowledge.
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