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Professional ethics and the 'good' of science.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2005
<mark>Journal</mark>Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Issue number3
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)247-256
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.