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Ethics and Science: An Introduction (Cambridge Applied Ethics) [Hardcover]

Adam Briggle , Carl Mitcham

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25 Oct 2012 0521878411 978-0521878418
Who owns your genes? What does climate science imply for policy? Do corporations conduct honest research? Should we teach intelligent design? Humans are creating a new world through science. The kind of world we are creating will not simply be decided by expanding scientific knowledge, but will depend on views about good and bad, right and wrong. These visions, in turn, depend on critical thinking, cogent argument and informed judgement. In this book, Adam Briggle and Carl Mitcham help readers to cultivate these skills. They first introduce ethics and the normative structure of science and then consider the 'society of science' and its norms for the responsible conduct of research and the treatment of human and animal research subjects. Later chapters examine 'science in society' - exploring ethical issues at the interfaces of science, policy, religion, culture and technology. Each chapter features case studies and research questions to stimulate further reflection.

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'[Ethics and Science] examines science, and engineering and technology, both internally - the research process - and externally - the socio-political context in which it is institutionally set and where its influence will be felt, for the ethical issues entailed in this central twenty-first-century area of study. Revealing case studies frame the issues, which the authors then complement with judicious questions designed to stimulate serious reflection. This volume should be widely adopted, finding an enthusiastic student audience in a wide range of science, engineering, policy, and philosophy courses. Briggle and Mitcham have provided science, technology and society instructors with a very usable classroom text, one that should also be of interest to a wider, engaged public readership as well.' Stephen Cutcliffe, Lehigh University

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This book explores ethical issues at the interfaces of science, policy, religion and technology. Through case studies and in-depth analyses, this book cultivates skills of critical thinking, cogent argument and informed judgement and explores ethical issues at the interfaces of science, policy and technology.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Chemist teaching ethics 23 April 2014
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I wanted to teach a unit on scientific ethics in a freshman (undergraduate) seminar, but I had no idea where to start.

I liked this book, AFTER I got passed the first couple chapters on theory. The theory was completely foreign to me (as a beginner) and almost scared me off. However, the bulk of this text gives case studies with useful discussion that was very accessible to myself and my students.

After I got through the 'assigned readings' I found myself wanting to read more, even though it didn't fit the course I was teaching. It was good for my growth as a scientist and educator.
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