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Theory Of Knowledge : An Unethical Action

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THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE ESSAY

NOVEMBER 2014

PRESCRIBED TITLE #6

“We may agree about general standards in the arts but disagree as to whether a particular work has artistic merit. In ethics the situation is reversed: we may disagree about ethical theories but we all know an unethical action when we see one.” Discuss.

CANDIDATE NAME: Shaelyn Chung

CANDIDATE NUMBER: 002109003

WORDS: 1,515

In this essay, we will discuss the statement “We may agree about the general standards in the arts but disagree as to whether a particular work has artistic merit. In ethics the situation is reversed: we may disagree about ethical theories but we all know an unethical action when we see one.” This statement contrasts the two subjects and areas of knowledge of ethics and the arts. The statement also explores the area of history and culture, as they can effect the people’s individualistic views and perceptions on a situation. People’s individualistic views and perceptions also can rely on a person’s evoked emotions on the work or situation. Although, this can be contradicted to reason and how we know that a situation is ethical or a work is meritable from the guidelines and general standards that society has set. So, in this essay we will discuss the areas of ethics and the arts, through the WOK’s of history and culture and the AOK’s of emotion and reason.

In the arts, there are general standards that are set to help determine whether a piece of work has a the level of excellence to be considered meritable. These standards can include composition, technique, ability to tell a story, culture, and many other aspects. Artistic merit is a term that is used in relation to cultural products when referring to the judgment...

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