Edited By Eunsook Hyun, Rainer Paslack and Hilmar Stolte
Protecting Humans as Consumers and Subjects: Different Ethical Standards in the Conduct of Research in Europe and America – Jennifer Radden
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Protecting Humans as Consumers and Subjects: Different Ethical Standards in the Conduct of Research in Europe and America
The new and emerging science and technology (NEST) of today leaves most people gasping – at the way it will affect every corner of our lives, at its speed in effecting change, and at its transformational potential. This discussion is about some of the ethical underpinnings of policies around protecting humans, as consumers and as subjects, in the face of these breath-taking new realities. My focus is policy and values differences between, and within, Western nations over particular issues. Politics and practicalities, as well as local idiosyncrasies and other non-ethically based cultural variations explain many, but not all, such differences. About those that remain, it can be asked on what value presuppositions, and within what form of ethical reasoning, are they grounded?
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