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The possession of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility. Discuss.

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´╗┐Astrid Kjaer Theory Of Knowledge Essay 2013 ________________ ?The possession of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility.? When children are small they are taught that if they see another child being bullied, they should either try to stop the act, or find and adult and ask for help. Yet, as the children grow up, the term ?tattle tale? becomes associated with children, who abide by the earlier learnt skill, who seek help and potentially place others in trouble. The child knows that there is something wrong and seeks to restore balance therefore applying an already learnt moral. According to Plato?s Definition of knowledge as justified true belief, for something to be knowledge the pervious statement has to apply. By using the four different ways of knowing: perception, emotion, language, and reason cone can combine the ways thus justifying their belief. From a young age, ethics, which are morals that influence the way that an individual or individuals manage their behavior, are passed on to us through various teachings and upbringings. This set of values we carry throughout our entire life, which is what shapes societies. ...read more.

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However, what determines which ethical theory prevails over another? A second area of knowledge that is affected by ethical responsibility is the arts. When an artist paints, does the artist have an ethical responsibility to paint what is indeed there or does this not apply? Throughout the years, there have been different art movements, such as impressionism, cubism, and surrealism. In the early years the paintings depicted real life situations, however as the years pressed on the need for people to see what was actually there changed. Artists started to depict what they saw, what they thought the world would be. The change in mentality was primarily due to emotion, and perception. These two ways of knowing contributed greatly to artists? different stylistic periods. The responsibility of the artists becomes more Self interest rather than utilitarianism, this is because the artists does not paint for the audience, he paints for himself and does not worry about the greater good. Now there are types of art that aim to educated the views which could be interoperated as being for the greater good. ...read more.

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And can knowledge be a burden? In the case of a witness, both of the Ethical theories mentioned previously apply, however the choice of which to follow is in the individuals? own hands. The examples given before are not so much used in every day life. An example that relates closely to students such as me, is when taking a test do you allow a friend to copy off of your test, or do you cover you paper so that you are the only one that can see your answers? It is a question of which ethical theory the individual chooses (as stated before) do you help a friend and run the risk of getting caught by the teacher, or do you leave your friend to try and figure it out by him or her self, and run the risk of them failing? From the claims and counterclaims that have been looked at through out the essay. It is clear that it depends on two things; the individual, and the situation presented. To answer the question: how can we determine when ethical responsibility affects the ability to obtain knowledge? We must keep in mind that it is individualized yet there may be certain social expectations in specific situations. ...read more.

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