Teaching ethics to science students: challenges and a strategy

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To be an effective scientist in the twenty-first century requires not only a specialised scientific knowledge but an appreciation of the ethical dimension of science. Scientists need to be able to recognise ethical dilemmas and formulate coherent responses to them. But scientists are not philosophers or ethicists, and their ethics education, therefore, needs to be different from that frequently offered as part of mainstream ethics courses, particularly those on moral theory. This chapter will argue that dual-use dilemmas and role-play involving real scientific case studies are an ideal vehicle for effectively engaging future scientists in ethics education, and helping furnish the necessary skills for their professional development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation and ethics in the life sciences
Subtitle of host publicationstrengthening the prohibition of biological weapons
EditorsBrian Rappert
Place of PublicationActon, A.C.T.
PublisherANU E Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781921666384
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NamePractical ethics and public policy
PublisherANU E Press

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