Ethical judgments limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and the natural sciences. Discuss.  

Was human experimentation on concentration to camp detainees vital in allowing evolution of thought? Is it ethical to have “pornographic” art on display at a public gallery where children go? Today I will be using the contrasting area of knowledge such as the arts and the natural sciences using perception and emotion as my ways of knowing. I will be addressing that perhaps ethical standards are necessary in preventing catastrophes in society but such standards should only limit the application not the production of knowledge.

Plan:

  • Introduction (Above)
  • How ethical judgements limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in the arts followed by at least 2 examples

-Galileo believed that the earth revolved around the sun

-Censorship of “pornographic” art

-Musical creativity banned because of political messages

(Agreements are not universal)

  • Where ethical judgements do not limit the production of knowledge in the arts
  • (On the other hand…) How ethical judgements limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in the natural sciences followed by at least 2 examples

-Stem cell research, genetic modification and cloning- using aborted fetuses to research on illnesses

-Illegal organ smuggling in China

-Testing in Africa of HIV drugs

-Human experimentation on concentration camp detainees

(Agreements are usually universal)

  • Where ethical judgements do not limit the production of knowledge in natural sciences
  • Conclusion: Argue that ethical considerations should only limit the application, not the production of knowledge.

 

 

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