Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Research Ethics: A Philosophical Guide to the Responsible Conduct of Research

Comstock, Gary Lynn (Fellow, 2007-08; 2008-09), ed.

Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Education in the responsible conduct of research typically takes the form of online instructions about rules, regulations, and policies. Research Ethics takes a novel approach and emphasizes the art of philosophical decision-making. Part A introduces egoism and explains that it is in the individual's own interest to avoid misconduct, fabrication of data, plagiarism and bias. Part B explains contractualism and covers issues of authorship, peer review and responsible use of statistics. Part C introduces moral rights as the basis of informed consent, the use of humans in research, mentoring, intellectual property and conflicts of interests. Part D uses two-level utilitarianism to explore the possibilities and limits of the experimental use of animals, duties to the environment and future generations, and the social responsibilities of researchers. This book brings a fresh perspective to research ethics and will engage the moral imaginations of graduate students in all disciplines.


Subjects: Sociology; Philosophy; Science;; Ethics; Research Ethics