Ethical Judgments on the Arts and the Natural Sciences

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Ethical judgments are consistently made by society and its individuals, regarding all subject. However, for some actions it is harder to reach a simple conclusion of whether it is morally right or not. From this struggle, one question arises: “Do ethical judgments limit the method available in the production of knowledge”?. Regarding this question in terms of the Arts and the Natural Sciences, we might then ask ourselves say “Aren't ethical judgments limited by our available knowledge?”. Ethical judgments set a certain limit on methods used, but there are ways around the barriers, additionally it limits the potential future beneficial knowledge, and not only can it be affected by our current knowledge and by the society, it also participates in shaping these. Ethical judgments influence the Arts and the Natural Sciences in deciding whether a means of finding knowledge is right or wrong. It sets a restraint on the possibilities such as not inflicting pain on living creatures (that can feel pain/with a nervous system). By doing so, it sets a limit on possibilities of method of research and this especially affects the Natural Sciences. The IB Biology program, for example, explicitly states that all student experiments designs must not harm humans nor animals. Setting the scope to revolve mainly around plants or bacteria, whose nervous system is much less developed. However, there are other means of acquiring knowledge without violating ethical judgments and will not hamper
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