What Are the Guiding Ethical Principles of Science Communication?
Drawing on what has been so far discussed, this chapter turns face on to the task at hand and proposes a set of ethical principles of science communication. After reviewing existing effort to move science communication down the path of ethical principles, this chapter discusses ethics in an applied setting to make a case for why principlism and relational ethics are especially helpful in making headway into an ethics of science communication. The chapter then proposes four principles for an ethics of science communication, namely Utility (of the information communicated), Accuracy, Kairos and Generosity. These are each described and defined with reference to previous chapters.
KeywordsEthics of science communication Principlism Relational ethics
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