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Research Ethics
A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research


  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521187084

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  • Education in the responsible conduct of research typically takes the form of online instructions about rules, regulations, and policies. Research Ethics takes a novel approach and emphasizes the art of philosophical decision-making. Part A introduces egoism and explains that it is in the individual's own interest to avoid misconduct, fabrication of data, plagiarism and bias. Part B explains contractualism and covers issues of authorship, peer review and responsible use of statistics. Part C introduces moral rights as the basis of informed consent, the use of humans in research, mentoring, intellectual property and conflicts of interests. Part D uses two-level utilitarianism to explore the possibilities and limits of the experimental use of animals, duties to the environment and future generations, and the social responsibilities of researchers. This book brings a fresh perspective to research ethics and will engage the moral imaginations of graduate students in all disciplines.

    • First book to organize all RCR topics according to a step-by-step decision-making procedure
    • Useful for students in all disciplines, from natural sciences to social sciences and from engineering to medicine
    • Stimulates readers to ask questions about the subject rather than simply to memorize rules and regulations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521187084
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part A. Protect my Interests:
    1. Report misconduct
    2. Avoid plagiarism
    3. Beware intuition
    4. Justify decisions
    Part B. Promote our Interests:
    5. Articulate reasons
    6. Write cooperatively
    7. Protect manuscripts
    8. Clarify statistics
    Part C. Respect Strangers' Rights:
    9. Inform subjects
    10. Mentor inclusively
    11. Recognize property
    12. Reveal conflicts
    Part D. Honor All Interests:
    13. Treat humanely
    14. Preserve environments
    15. Cultivate responsibility

  • Author

    Gary Comstock, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
    Gary Comstock is Professor of Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy and Religion, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

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