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    Why continuing uncertainties are no reason to postpone challenge trials for coronavirus vaccines.Robert Steel, Lara Buchak & Nir Eyal - 2020 - Journal of Medical Ethics 46 (12):808-812.
    To counter the pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, some have proposed accelerating SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development through controlled human infection trials. These trials would involve the deliberate exposure of relatively few young, healthy volunteers to SARS-CoV-2. We defend this proposal against the charge that there is still too much uncertainty surrounding the risks of COVID-19 to responsibly run such a trial.
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    Compulsory Research in Learning Health Care: Against a Minimal Risk Limit.Robert Steel - 2022 - Hastings Center Report 52 (3):18-29.
    Hastings Center Report, Volume 52, Issue 3, Page 18-29, May–June 2022.
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    Reconceptualising risk–benefit analyses: the case of HIV cure research.Robert Steel - 2020 - Journal of Medical Ethics 46 (3):212-219.
    Modern antiretroviral therapies are capable of suppressing HIV in the bloodstream to undetectable levels. Nonetheless, people living with HIV must maintain lifelong adherence to ART to avoid the re-emergence of the infection. So despite the existence and efficacy of ART, there is still substantial interest in development of a cure. But HIV cure trials can be risky, their success is as of yet unlikely, and the medical gain of being cured is limited against a baseline of ART access. The medical (...)
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    Anticipating Failure and Avoiding It.Robert Steel - 2018 - Philosophers' Imprint 18.
    I argue for a conciliationist treatment of peer disagreement, on the grounds that the evidence that non-conciliatory theorists point to--the evidence that conciliatory-friendly independence principles would rule out--bears a troubling relation to accuracy. Namely, we can anticipate that trying to respond to it is a bad deal with respect to our expected accuracy. I consequently argue that we shouldn't try to respond to it. Instead we should ignore it, and be conciliationists.
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    Payment is a benefit and why it matters for pediatric trials.Robert Steel - 2022 - Bioethics 36 (7):757-764.
    Bioethics, Volume 36, Issue 7, Page 757-764, September 2022.
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    Against Right Reason.Robert Steel - 2018 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 99 (2):431-460.
    I argue against ‘right reason’ style accounts of how we should manage our beliefs in the face of higher-order evidence. I start from the observation that such views seem to have bad practical consequences when we imagine someone acting on them. I then catalogs ways that Williamson, Weatherson, and Lasonen-Aarnio have tried to block objections based on these consequences; I argue all fail. I then move on to offer my own theoretical picture of a rational ‘should believe,’ and show that, (...)
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    Risk Dilution: Or, How to Run a Minimal‐Risk HIV Challenge Trial.Robert Steel - 2023 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 40 (1):133-149.
    Bioethicists broadly agree that there is a limit to the level of net risk that biomedical research may permissibly impose on participants, even in cases where the potential of that research to improve the health of the population health would be great. Although some may permissibly volunteer to take on some degree of pro‐social risk, no one, not even a willing volunteer, may ever be outright sacrificed for others. One might think this perspective, if correct, makes it effectively impossible to (...)
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    Blinds and Research Risks.Robert Steel & Marion Danis - 2018 - American Journal of Bioethics 18 (10):70-71.
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    Distinguishing appropriate from inappropriate conditions on research participation.Robert Steel & David Wendler - 2023 - Bioethics 37 (2):135-145.
    Individuals do not have a right to participate in clinical trials. But, they do have a right against being denied participation for inappropriate reasons. Despite the widespread endorsement of these two claims, there has been little discussion regarding which conditions for participation in clinical trials are appropriate and which are inappropriate. The present manuscript attempts to address this gap in the literature. We first describe and then argue against the claim that conditions on enrollment or continued participation are appropriate only (...)
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    Risk Limits in Fair Subject Selection.Robert Steel - 2020 - American Journal of Bioethics 20 (2):30-32.
    Volume 20, Issue 2, February 2020, Page 30-32.
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