The role of philosophy of science in Responsible Research and Innovation : the case of nanomedicine

Life Sciences, Society and Policy 10 (1):1-12 (2014)
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Research on ethical, legal and social aspects of life sciences and new technologies has mainly been focused on impacts and consequences, while the emerging framework of Responsible Research and Innovation focuses rather on increased involvement and reflexivity in research processes to foster science and technology that better answers the needs of society. I argue that philosophy of science should be a central feature of RRI and demonstrate how the philosophy of science can contribute in this sense. I show how investigating basic assumptions in research, here exemplified by reductive assumptions in causal modeling, can have important ethical and societal implications

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Gry Oftedal
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Supervenience and mind: selected philosophical essays.Jaegwon Kim - 1993 - New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.
Scientific perspectivism.Ronald N. Giere - 2006 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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