Ethics for Life Scientists / Edition 1

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Life sciences have huge controversial social implications. In doing experiments with animals, plants or humans the welfare of these living beings can be hampered; in communicating research results private and public interests can be harmed (patents!) or at least severely influenced; in being a member of a research group issues of human rights (like discriminatory behaviour) can become prominent; individual and collective forms of responsibility because of controversial types of research can become urgent.

Funding organizations can confront scientists and engineers with new ethical issues; the public at large or, as is the case with sustainability, future generations can challenge existing ways of doing research, and educating and teaching can confront scientists with new ethical issues.

In this book, resulting from an expert workshop at Wageningen University and Research Centre, European and American experts discuss topics and theories like the relationship between ethics, professional ethics and business ethics, the public responsibility of researchers and communicating, organizing, teaching and discussing ethical issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402031786
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/6/2005
  • Series: Wageningen UR Frontis Series, #5
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 219
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Ethical challenges for the life sciences 1
2a Moral complexity in organizations 11
2b Comments on Jeurissen : organization and moral complexity 21
3a The social role of businesses and the role of the professional 27
3b Comments on Wempe : conditions for ethical business 41
4a The responsible conduct of research, including responsible authorship and publication practices 55
4b Comments on Bulger : the responsible conduct of research, including responsible authorship and publication practices 63
5a Professional ethics and scholarly communication 67
5b Comments on Zwart : professional ethics and scholarly communication 81
6a Some recent challenges to openness and freedom in scientific publication 85
6b Comments on Resnik : Some recent challenges to openness and freedom in scientific publication 101
7a Research ethics for animal biotechnology 105
7b Comments on Thompson : research ethics for animal biotechnology 121
8a How common morality relates to business and the professions 129
8b Comments on Gert : Gert's common morality : old-fashioned or untimely? 141
9a Research as a challenge for ethical reflection 147
9b Comments on Duwell : research as a challenge for ethical reflection 157
10a New public responsibilities for life scientists 163
10b Comments on Korthals : new public responsibilities for life scientists 171
11 Science, context and professional ethics 175
12a Bioscientists as ethical decision-makers 183
12b Comments on Hayry : assessing bioscientific work from a moral point of view 191
13 The human genome : common resource but not common heritage 197
14 Towards ethically sound life sciences 213
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