Research ethics : a philosophical guide to the responsible conduct of research

TitleResearch ethics : a philosophical guide to the responsible conduct of research
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsComstock, G
Pagination292 p.
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place PublishedCambridge
ISBN Number9780521187084
AbstractEducation 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.