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Biomedical Research and Beyond

Expanding the Ethics of Inquiry, 1st Edition

By Christopher O. Tollefsen


230 pages

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What is the relationship between scientific research and ethics? Some think that science should be free from ethical and political considerations. Biomedical Research and Beyond argues that ethical guidance is essential for all forms of inquiry, including biomedical and scientific research. By addressing some of the most controversial questions of biomedical research, such as embryonic research, animal research, and genetic enhancement research, the author argues for a rich moral framework for the ethics of inquiry, based on the ideal of human flourishing. He then looks at other areas of inquiry, such as journalistic ethics, and military investigation, to see how similar they are to the ethics of scientific research. Finally, he looks at the virtues that must play a role in any life that is devoted to research and inquiry as a vocational commitment.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Is There an Ethics of Inquiry?

Chapter Two: Core Concepts in the Ethics of Inquiry

Chapter Three: Questions of Consent

Chapter Four: Fairness and Truth-Telling

Chapter Five: The Ethics of Human Embryo Research

Chapter Six: Animal Research and Animal Rights

Chapter Seven: Coercion, Torture, Enhancement, and the Inviolability of the Person

Chapter Eight: The Scientific Profession and the State

Chapter Nine: Science and the Sovereignty of the State

Chapter Ten: Humanistic and Journalistic Inquiry and the State

Chapter Eleven: The Vocation, Practice, and Progress of Inquiry

Chapter Twelve: The Virtues of Inquiry




About the Series

Routledge Annals of Bioethics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Ethics
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy