Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Barry Ferst

Second Advisor

John Rowley

Third Advisor

Elvira Roncalli

Abstract

This paper addresses the issue of applying moral guidelines to modern scientific research and who or what should have the authority to do so. It examines the role of morality in scientific research, and makes the argument that moral authority over scientific research should come from the scientific community. This argument is based on two premises: (1) that the scientific community is of sufficient moral character to guide the direction of scientific research and (2) that the scientific community has sufficient expertise to make informed moral decisions about scientific research.

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