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Using Democratic Values in Science: an Objection and (Partial) Response

Schroeder, S. Andrew (2016) Using Democratic Values in Science: an Objection and (Partial) Response. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Many philosophers of science have argued that social and ethical values have a significant role to play in core parts of the scientific process. A question that naturally arises is: when such value choices need to be made, which or whose values should be used? A common answer to this question turns to political values — i.e. the values of the public or its representatives. In this paper, I argue that this imposes a morally significant burden on certain scientists, effectively requiring them to advocate for policy positions they strongly disagree with. I conclude by discussing under what conditions this burden might be justified.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCID
Schroeder, S. Andrewaschroeder@cmc.edu0000-0001-7305-3283
Keywords: values in science, political philosophy, democracy, informed consent
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Andrew Schroeder
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 12:57
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 12:57
Item ID: 12516
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Medicine > Biomedical Ethics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: June 2016
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12516

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