Ethics of Ignorance

A full ethical consideration of what is “best for the most” requires enough knowledge of any involved subject areas to allow good decisions. ALL knowledge from the subject areas is not required, but SOME is. Part of any complete ethical consideration is an evaluation of how much knowledge is needed for a good analysis, without wasting too much time accumulating and weighing small details that don’t have much effect on the final conclusion.

Ignorance may be ethically acceptable when the knowledge area is unimportant. But when the knowledge is key to making a good decision, spending the time and effort to collect that which is needed, becomes an ethically required process. If, when it has been established that certain knowledge is critical to making a good ethical decision, and the effort to obtain that knowledge is not made, then the ethical decision itself is not reliable.

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