Does the Pursuit of Knowledge Carry an Ethical Responsibility

617 Words3 Pages
DOES THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE CARRY AN ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY? The topic I’ve been given is whether the pursuit of knowledge carries an ethical responsibility, But before I begin to explore it through my essay, what is knowledge? What is the pursuit of knowledge? According to the dictionary, Knowledge is “facts, information, and skills acquired through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject” or the “awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation”. The dictionary defines “Pursue” as “to strive to gain; seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.).” and “Pursuit” as the “Act to pursue”. “Pursuit” is synonymous with “Owning” or “Possessing”. But does anyone really possess knowledge? Can someone possess knowledge? Knowledge is vast and never ending, people may know a part of knowledge, but do they possess it? And if they invented it do they carry the responsibility for its misuse. The Dynamite was invented by Alfred Nobel for the purpose of helping in mining as the workers found it hard to break down the hard stones by hand. Alfred Nobel owns the credit for inventing the dynamite, but he doesn’t carry an ethical responsibility for what the dynamite is being used for now a days. He just wanted to make life easier, now is it his fault that some people are misusing it for their own cruel purposes, to hurt people? Definitely not. It’s the fault of the people who are using it for wrong purposes. As rightly said by Pierre Curie, “Alfred Nobel's discoveries are characteristic; powerful explosives can help men perform admirable tasks. They are also a means to terrible destruction in the hands of the great criminals who lead peoples to war.” The makers of the popular instant noodles, know that one of the ingredients of Maggi is Ajinomoto. Ajinomoto is known to hinder the growth of children and

More about Does the Pursuit of Knowledge Carry an Ethical Responsibility

Open Document