"Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous."
What is Knowledge?
The fact of knowing a thing, state, etc., or (in general sense) a person; acquaintance; familiarity gained by experience.
Epistemology is the "theory or science of the method or grounds of knowledge" (Oxford English Dictionary). The study aims to answer the questions: what is the source of knowledge? Its limits? Its conditions?
An reaction to the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution, Romanticism advocates for the "natural" approach to knowledge; nature becomes a source for knowledge and self-knowledge for a ideally non-industrialized society. Due to the exploding amount of scientific experiments, there is also much anxiety about the application of knowledge in the rising fields of science and technology at the time, as evinced by Frankenstein and The Last Man.
While science and technology take a quantum leap in past one hundred years, the anxiety about the consequence of knowledge has even more relevance today as breakthroughs happen at a record pace . Dr. Atomic, a modern opera by John Adams, recaptures the Shelleyan vision of terror instigated by powerful, intractable technology - this time the nuclear bomb. As citizens of a globalized society, we have to ask ourselves: what is the price of knowledge? And more urgently, who should pay the price?
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