Essay on Ethical Judgements in the Arts and Sciences

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Both the arts and the sciences have completely different methods to create knowledge, thus the effects ethical judgments have on the arts and the science are different. Ethics limits the production of knowledge in both the arts and natural sciences, however, in the arts ethical judgments do not limit the methods available in the production of knowledge, rather it limits the propagation of knowledge. On the other hand, ethical judgements do limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in the natural sciences, because ethical judgments are self regulated in the natural sciences by reason because of the role of ethics in the methods.
An ethical judgment will be defined as an active condemnation on the grounds of ethics/morality.
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However, ethical judgments on the arts are not always based on emotion and natural sciences are also not always based on reason. For example in the natural sciences, there is extensive controversy about stem cells. Many people argue that it is unethical to use embryonic stem-cells because it’s potentially destroying a life. This reasoning is triggered by their emotions since they strongly feel that when the sperm touches the egg a life is created. This ethical judgment might limit the scientists from experimenting and working with stem cells, which limits the production of knowledge, since scientists are reasoning that experimenting with stem cells might be unethical.
Ethical judgments are imposed after the art has been created, meaning that ethical judgments do not limit the methods available on how the arts produce knowledge. But according to my definition, how could someone judge whether a type of art is more ethical than the other? Would the person be quantifying how ethical something might be compared to another? Furthermore, can the society prevent an artist from making art? An artist wouldn’t be stopped from creating art, but he/she would be stopped from presenting the art, in the preponderance of cases. Therefore, ethical judgments would be limiting the propagation of knowledge created by the arts, rather than the creation of art, not allowing a private knowledge to become public. For

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