The Continuing Need for Disinterested Research

TitleThe Continuing Need for Disinterested Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsZiman, J
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1353-3452
AbstractThe author discusses the conflict between "non-instrumental" and instrumental research. While the first is usually is usually open-ended and disinterested, the second type of research focuses on specific goals and is aiming to get specific results. The author discusses the relationship between these two types of research. As the culture in which scientific research occurs becomes ever more proprietary and involves more commercial interests, the author argues that we are entering a period where all modes of knowledge production are merging into a new, 'postacademic' research culture which is dominated by utilitarian goals. This raises growing concern about conflicts of interest.
NotesCover Date: July 2002.Source Info: 8(3), 397-399. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 37-2. Subject: ACADEMIA; ETHICS; INDIVIDUAL; RESEARCH; SCIENCE. Update Code: 20090226.
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