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

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

  • ISBN-13: 9780521187084
  • Author: Gary Comstock
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2013-02-25
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 310
  • $46.35
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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.

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