Title

Science, Respect For Nature, And Human Well-Being: Democratic Values And The Responsibilities Of Scientists Today

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2016

Published In

Foundations Of Science

Abstract

The central question addressed is: How should scientific research be conducted so as to ensure that nature is respected and the well being of everyone everywhere enhanced? After pointing to the importance of methodological pluralism for an acceptable answer and to obstacles posed by characterizing scientific methodology too narrowly, which are reinforced by the ‘commercial-scientific ethos’, two additional questions are considered: How might research, conducted in this way, have impact on—and depend on—strengthening democratic values and practices? And: What is thereby implied for the responsibilities of scientists today?

Keywords

Sustainability; Human well-being; Neutrality; Impartiality; Commercial-scientific ethos; Responsibilities of scientists