Reframing the Question of Forbidden Knowledge for Modern Science

TitleReframing the Question of Forbidden Knowledge for Modern Science
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsJohnson, DG
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume5
Pagination445-461
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThe author looks at the concept of of forbidden knowledge to explore questions about putting limits on science. Science has generally been understood to seek and produce objective truth, and this understanding of science has grounded its claim to freedom of inquiry. What happens to decision making about science when this claim to objective, disinterested truth is rejected? There are two changes that must be made to update the idea of forbidden knowledge for modern science. The first is to shift from presuming that decisions to constrain or even forbid knowledge can be made from a position of omniscience (perfect knowledge) to recognizing that such decisions made by human beings are made from a position of limited or partial knowledge. The second is to reject the idea that knowledge is objective and disinterested and accept that knowledge (even scientific knowledge) is interested.
NotesCover Date: October 1999.Source Info: 5(4), 445-461. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 34-1. Subject: KNOWLEDGE; NATURAL SCIENCES; OBJECTIVITY; SCIENCE; TRUTH. Update Code: 20090226.
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