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Do we Need a Special Ethics for Research?
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0071-3919
2011 (English)In: Science and Engineering Ethics, ISSN 1353-3452, E-ISSN 1471-5546, Vol. 17, no 1, 21-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research is subject to more stringent ethical requirements than most other human activities, and a procedure that is otherwise allowed may be forbidden in research. Hence, risk-taking is more restricted in scientific research than in most non-research contexts, and privacy is better protected in scientific questionnaires than in marketing surveys. Potential arguments for this difference are scrutinized. The case in its favour appears to be weak. A stronger case can be made in favour of a difference in the opposite direction: If perilous or otherwise problematic activities have to be performed it is usually better to perform them in a research context where they are properly evaluated so that guidance is obtained for the future. However, retreating from current ethical demands on research is not a desirable direction to go. Instead, research ethics can serve to inspire the introduction of more stringent ethical principles in other social sectors.

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2011. Vol. 17, no 1, 21-29 p.
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Research ethics, Boundary problem, Applied ethics, Professional ethics, Clinical trials, Military ethics, Data mining, Privacy, Risk
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-32597DOI: 10.1007/s11948-009-9186-6ISI: 000287511800002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77955317881OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-32597DiVA: diva2:412079
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QC 20110420Available from: 2011-04-20 Created: 2011-04-18 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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