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The possession of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility. Evaluate this claim.

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´╗┐Brendan Lee Mr. Sweeney Theory of Knowledge P7 September 24th, 2012 ?The possession of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility.? Evaluate this claim. In this ToK essay, I will exploring the idea of to what extent does knowledge carry an ethical responsibility. With radical studies and media creations happening globally, new knowledge about our world is being acquired and because of this phenomenon, issues of knowledge arise. Do scientists have an ethical responsibility when they acquire new knowledge? Also, to what extent do artists and creators of media have an moral obligation tied in the creation of their material? With new and often exciting research results appearing every so often, do the scientist who do this research and acquire new knowledge from this have an ethical responsibility? In some perspectives, when world issues occur and they are connected with a research done by research team, some say that it is the ethical responsibility of the scientist to withhold the knowledge. For example, research opportunities from the Large Hadron Collider have experienced the same dilemma such as nuclear studies. In some perspectives, nuclear research can benefit many people but this research can lead to nuclear weapons proliferation. ...read more.

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If the scientists intentions were for pure scientific research but the eventual result would lead to nuclear catastrophe, since it was not the intention of the scientist for the outbreak of nuclear weapons proliferation, the scientist does not have any ethical responsibility towards acquiring knowledge. Counter points to the idea above creates continuous debate and disagreement, which leads to the ambiguity in not only the definition of a scientist but also the ethical responsibility of a scientist who acquires new knowledge. Artists and media creators are people that look at the world and acquire knowledge from it. With the prevailing pretense of ethical responsibility and acquisition of knowledge, the arts have a similar problem. Some say that an artist is someone who has the ability to freely express their knowledge derived from observing and experiencing a world issue. Therefore, some people are saying that creators of media do not have any moral obligation tied in the creation of their material. For example, KONY 2012 is a primary example. Although the main purpose of this campaign was to raise awareness of this issue, some people are questioning to what extent Invisible Children had the ethical responsibility to raise awareness about a man who has done no harm since 2003. ...read more.

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Although some may state that it was the job of the journalist to capture the moment of truth since he was taught to do so but others argue that who is the journalist to decide whether or not this moment should be captured. Many are saying that this journalist did not have any moral obligation with the matter and it was actually quite unethical for the journalist to expose Romney as such because he or she is not part of Romney?s political campaign and was there as an undercover journalist. Many are concerned how media ethics are so emphasized nowadays but the unethical act of undercover journalist still exist. However, because of these disputes and constant disagreement on the role of ethics and media, ambiguity continues to grow in this area of study. In conclusion, the question of whether or not scientist or creators of media have some sort of ethical responsibility towards knowledge is still an unanswered question. The constant disagreement on the role of science and ethics, and media and ethics continue to fuel these disputes between members of each side of the argument. This essay depicts to what extent creators of media have a moral obligation towards their material and if scientists have an ethical responsibility when they acquire knowledge. ...read more.

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