Ethical Judgements Limit the Methods Available

1400 WordsJan 27, 20186 Pages
We make decisions all the time whether it would be in the arts or in the natural sciences. Natural science is an area of knowledge that seeks for patterns. Meanwhile the arts is a discipline in which we express both ethical and unethical ideas that are more subjective. Both areas of knowledge are affected by the ethical judgements that people make in the production and of knowledge. Ethical judgements are related to human moral values and they affect how people should or should not act (Dombrowski, 2007). Even though some may say that ethical judgments vary by subject, location and time, but all ethical judgments have to be by conscious choices. Therefore, as a knowledge issue I will discuss: to what extent are we limiting ourselves from gaining knowledge with the judgements we have made? Art is different from the natural sciences because we know and gain knowledge mostly through sense perception, language and emotion. In the art world, most knowledge is gained by creating the art itself. Ethical judgements in art can change through time. Nude artwork used to be unethical, but as people started to accept them, they become more valuable. In this case, ethical judgements in the past limited the method in the production of knowledge because if there were restrictions to learn from nude figures, artists would not be able to realistically portray humans in art (“Top 10 Controversial Paintings in Art History." 2014). Despite this restriction in the past, nude paintings are
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