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Professional ethics and the 'good' of science.

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Journal publication date09/2005
JournalInterdisciplinary Science Reviews
Journal number3
Volume30
Number of pages10
Pages247-256
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Proposals for an ethical code for scientists raise questions about the usefulness of the framework of professional ethics for debating relevant issues surrounding ethics and science. Is science a profession and if so should its professional ethic be self-derived or subject to external input? What needs to be addressed is the nature of the 'good' that science promotes. Explanations of science as a public good in terms of knowledge and diversity are possibilities, but science's answer to the basic philosophical question of hope in the human condition should not be overlooked.