Ethics for Life Scientists / Edition 1

Ethics for Life Scientists / Edition 1

by Michiel Korthals
     
 

ISBN-10: 1402031793

ISBN-13: 9781402031793

Pub. Date: 04/06/2005

Publisher: Springer Netherlands

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

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Overview

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:
9781402031793
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
04/06/2005
Series:
Wageningen UR Frontis Series, #5
Edition description:
2004
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

1Ethical challenges for the life sciences1
2aMoral complexity in organizations11
2bComments on Jeurissen : organization and moral complexity21
3aThe social role of businesses and the role of the professional27
3bComments on Wempe : conditions for ethical business41
4aThe responsible conduct of research, including responsible authorship and publication practices55
4bComments on Bulger : the responsible conduct of research, including responsible authorship and publication practices63
5aProfessional ethics and scholarly communication67
5bComments on Zwart : professional ethics and scholarly communication81
6aSome recent challenges to openness and freedom in scientific publication85
6bComments on Resnik : Some recent challenges to openness and freedom in scientific publication101
7aResearch ethics for animal biotechnology105
7bComments on Thompson : research ethics for animal biotechnology121
8aHow common morality relates to business and the professions129
8bComments on Gert : Gert's common morality : old-fashioned or untimely?141
9aResearch as a challenge for ethical reflection147
9bComments on Duwell : research as a challenge for ethical reflection157
10aNew public responsibilities for life scientists163
10bComments on Korthals : new public responsibilities for life scientists171
11Science, context and professional ethics175
12aBioscientists as ethical decision-makers183
12bComments on Hayry : assessing bioscientific work from a moral point of view191
13The human genome : common resource but not common heritage197
14Towards ethically sound life sciences213

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