New public responsibilities for life scientists

M.J.J.A.A. Korthals

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    First the main developments in the life sciences during the last decade are outlined, and then some aspects of the traditional concept of responsibility, which stresses the causal connections between agent and outcome, are discussed. The author argues that, from a pragmatic point of view, the concept of different practices can help in delineating new grey zones between conducting research, rendering advice, screening consumers and patients, consulting the public, and prescribing and selling food stuffs and drugs. Moreover, it is made clear that professional scientists have a public responsibility; they must build new Chinese Walls to raise the level of trust between themselves and the general public
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEthics for Life Scientists
    Place of PublicationDordrecht
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Publication series

    NameWageningen UR Frontis series
    PublisherSpringer / Wageningen Universiteit Frontis series


    • ethics
    • moral values
    • biology
    • research
    • scientists
    • society
    • scientific research


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