Sociology, ethics, and the priority of the particular: learning from a case study of genetic deliberations

TitleSociology, ethics, and the priority of the particular: learning from a case study of genetic deliberations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsHaimes, E, Williams, R
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
Publication Languageeng
Keywords(Book) , ARISTOTLE , ethics , GENETICS , INTERDISCIPLINARY , LIFE , NICOMACHEAN , phronesis , prudence , PUBLIC , research , sciences , SOCIOLOGY
AbstractThere are growing debates about the relationship between the two disciplines of sociology and ethics, particularly as they each become increasingly involved in research and policy formation on the life sciences, especially genetics. This article uses an existing collaboration between a sociologist and an ethicist, on a study of participation in genetic databases, to explore some of the challenges for the two disciplines in working together. for both disciplines, of working together. Building upon this case study, the authors examine the suggestion that the Aristotelian concept of 'phronesis' provides the grounds for establishing one possible theoretical framework with which the disciplines can be bridged. Further exploration of this approach leads to suggestions for ways of thinking about the apparently fundamental divides between the disciplines and for ways of adding to notions of a 'public sociology'.
NotesHaimes, Erica Williams, Robin 1; Affiliation: 1: School of Applied Social Science, University of Durham; Source Info: Sep2007, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p457; Subject Term: ETHICS; Subject Term: SOCIOLOGY; Subject Term: LIFE sciences; Subject Term: GENETICS; Subject Term: INTERDISCIPLINARY research; Subject Term: PRUDENCE; Subject Term: ARISTOTLE; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: life sciences; Author-Supplied Keyword: phronesis; Author-Supplied Keyword: Public sociology; Author-Supplied Keyword: Sociology; Reviews & Products: NICOMACHEAN Ethics (Book); NAICS/Industry Codes: 541712 Reseach and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology); People: ARISTOTLE; Number of Pages: 20p; Document Type: Article
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