Science, Democracy, and the Right to Research

TitleScience, Democracy, and the Right to Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBrown, M, Guston, DH
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published09/2009
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number13533452
Accession Number43404047
Keywords& , -- , 71; , aspects; , DEMOCRACY; , ethical , freedom , Human , Moral , Policy; , Politicization; , Proposition , research , Research; , Right , Rights; , SCIENCE , Scientific , scientists; , SOCIAL , to
AbstractDebates over the politicization of science have led some to claim that scientists have or should have a “right to research.” This article examines the political meaning and implications of the right to research with respect to different historical conceptions of rights. The author conceives the right to research as embedding science more firmly and explicitly within society, rather than sheltering science from society. From this perspective, all citizens should enjoy a general right to free inquiry, but this right to inquiry does not necessarily encompass all scientific research.
NotesBrown, Mark 1; Email Address: Guston, David 2; Affiliation: 1: Department of Government, California State University Sacramento, 6000 J Street Sacramento 95819-6089 USA 2: Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University, Tempe 85287-4401 USA; Source Info: Sep2009, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p351; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: SCIENCE -- Social aspects; Subject Term: SCIENTISTS; Subject Term: DEMOCRACY; Subject Term: HUMAN rights; Author-Supplied Keyword: Politicization; Author-Supplied Keyword: Proposition 71; Author-Supplied Keyword: Right to research; Author-Supplied Keyword: Science policy; Author-Supplied Keyword: Scientific freedom; Number of Pages: 16p; Document Type: Article
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