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Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research (Cambridge Medicine (Paperback))

Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research (Cambridge Medicine (Paperback))

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Gary Comstock
Cambridge University Press, 2013-01-03
EAN 9780521187084, ISBN10: 0521187087

Paperback, 308 pages, 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Education in the responsible conduct of research typically takes the form of online instructions about rules, regulations, and policies. Research Ethics takes a novel approach and emphasizes the art of philosophical decision-making. Part A introduces egoism and explains that it is in the individual's own interest to avoid misconduct, fabrication of data, plagiarism and bias. Part B explains contractualism and covers issues of authorship, peer review and responsible use of statistics. Part C introduces moral rights as the basis of informed consent, the use of humans in research, mentoring, intellectual property and conflicts of interests. Part D uses two-level utilitarianism to explore the possibilities and limits of the experimental use of animals, duties to the environment and future generations, and the social responsibilities of researchers. This book brings a fresh perspective to research ethics and will engage the moral imaginations of graduate students in all disciplines.