The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 237–253 | Cite as

The Prospects for Objectivity in Risk Assessment

  • John Rossi


Risk has long been of interest in psychology, economics, and various branches of applied sciences. In addition, private industries and governmental organizations employ some form of risk analysis with respect to decision-making, such as decision-making for approving new drugs or technologies, engaging in research on human beings, or introducing chemicals into the environment. As a corollary to the increasing currency of risk in society, sociologists and philosophers have devoted increased attention to the concept. Much of their criticism has been directed at the historically widespread assumptions of risk analysts that risk is a wholly scientific and value-free concept, both of which have been widely criticized. They have discussed perceived ethical or philosophical shortcomings of commonly used frameworks for risk-related decision-making, including expected-utility theory and risk-cost-benefit analysis. They have also engaged in exploratory inquiry into the development of...


Risk Assessment Moral Judgment Moral Property Probabilistic Objectivity Reference Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community Health and PreventionDrexel University School of Public HealthPhiladelphiaUSA

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