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The Ethics of Doing Ethics
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2016 (English)In: Science and Engineering Ethics, ISSN 1353-3452, E-ISSN 1471-5546, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of printText
Abstract [en]

Ethicists have investigated ethical problems in other disciplines, but there has not been much discussion of the ethics of their own activities. Research in ethics has many ethical problems in common with other areas of research, and it also has problems of its own. The researcher’s integrity is more precarious than in most other disciplines, and therefore even stronger procedural checks are needed to protect it. The promotion of some standpoints in ethical issues may be socially harmful, and even our decisions as to which issues we label as “ethical” may have unintended and potentially harmful social consequences. It can be argued that ethicists have an obligation to make positive contributions to society, but the practical implications of such an obligation are not easily identified. This article provides an overview of ethical issues that arise in research into ethics and in the application of such research. It ends with a list of ten practical proposals for how these issues should be dealt with.

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Springer Netherlands, 2016. 1-16 p.
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Applied ethics, Code of ethics, Consultancy, Ethics in practice, Ethics of ethics, Integrity of ethics, Plagiarism, Publication ethics, Research funding
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187222DOI: 10.1007/s11948-016-9772-3ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84961208478OAI: diva2:929221

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Available from: 2016-05-18 Created: 2016-05-18 Last updated: 2016-05-18Bibliographically approved

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