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The Use and Abuse of Science

  • Paul Needham
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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 423)

Abstract

Moral issues concerning the use and abuse of science are broached in this chapter. Scientists have responsibilities to conduct their research in such a way as to respect and acknowledge the contributions of others and to present their work honestly and without seeking to avoid criticism by misleadingly overestimating random error. The onus on scientists of a wider social responsibility for informing the public and guiding decision makers is also discussed, together with the reciprocal responsibilities of decision makers to ensure that they are informed and able to understand the bearing of new knowledge.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Needham
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

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