Moral Authority in Scientific Research

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Sowers, Evelyn
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Elvira Roncalli
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2017-12-11
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Moral Authority in Scientific Research
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This paper addresses the issue of applying moral limitations to modern scientific research and who or what has the authority to do so. It examines two opposing positions on the issue: (1) that moral authority over scientific research should be held by society and (2) that moral authority over scientific research should be held by the scientific community. This argument centers around the nature of societal and scientific morality, and how allowing either to hold authority would affect the progression of research. Overall, it concludes that moral authority over scientific research must come from within the scientific community.
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Philosophy