Ethics and Science: An Introduction (Cambridge Applied Ethics)

Ethics and Science: An Introduction (Cambridge Applied Ethics)

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Adam Briggle
Cambridge University Press, 10/25/2012
EAN 9780521702676, ISBN10: 0521702674

Paperback, 388 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.2 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Who owns your genes? What does climate science imply for policy? Do corporations conduct honest research? Should we teach intelligent design? Humans are creating a new world through science. The kind of world we are creating will not simply be decided by expanding scientific knowledge, but will depend on views about good and bad, right and wrong. These visions, in turn, depend on critical thinking, cogent argument and informed judgement. In this book, Adam Briggle and Carl Mitcham help readers to cultivate these skills. They first introduce ethics and the normative structure of science and then consider the 'society of science' and its norms for the responsible conduct of research and the treatment of human and animal research subjects. Later chapters examine 'science in society' - exploring ethical issues at the interfaces of science, policy, religion, culture and technology. Each chapter features case studies and research questions to stimulate further reflection.

1. Introduction and overview
2. Ethical concepts and theories
3. Science and its norms
4. Research ethics I
misconduct and the responsible conduct of research
5. Research ethics II
science involving humans
6. Research ethics III
science involving animals
7. The science of ethics
8. Transition
from ethics to politics and policy
9. Science and politics I
policy for science
10. Science and politics II
science for policy
11. Science and ideational culture
12. Science applied
ethics and engineering
influential ethics codes and declarations
Works cited

Advance praise: '[Ethics and Science] examines science, and engineering and technology, both internally - the research process - and externally - the socio-political context in which it is institutionally set and where its influence will be felt, for the ethical issues entailed in this central twenty-first-century area of study. Revealing case studies frame the issues, which the authors then complement with judicious questions designed to stimulate serious reflection. This volume should be widely adopted, finding an enthusiastic student audience in a wide range of science, engineering, policy, and philosophy courses. Briggle and Mitcham have provided science, technology and society instructors with a very usable classroom text, one that should also be of interest to a wider, engaged public readership as well.' Stephen Cutcliffe, Lehigh University