Integrating Philosophy of Science into Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in the Life Sciences

Perspectives on Science 28 (6):700-736 (2020)
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This paper argues that research on normative issues in the life sciences will benefit from a tighter integration of philosophy of science. We examine research on ethical, legal and social issues in the life sciences (“ELSI”) and discuss three illustrative examples of normative issues that arise in different areas of the life sciences. These examples show that important normative questions are highly dependent on epistemic issues which so far have not been addressed sufficiently in ELSI, RRI and related areas of research. Accordingly, we argue for the integration of research on the epistemic aspects of the relevant areas of science into ELSI research to provide a better basis for addressing normative questions.



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Simon Lohse
Radboud University Nijmegen
Thomas A. C. Reydon
Universität Hannover

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