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Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences

Authors: Miller, Seumas, Selgelid, Michael J.

  • Addresses a topic of tremendous contemporary importance
  • Addresses controversial topics such as biological weapons, academic/scientific freedom, and censorship
  • The dual-use dilemma is undoubtedly one of the most important and controversial issues in current debates about bioterrorism
  • Lays out the dilemma that scientists and policymakers are faced with as a result
  • The first book-length treatment of the topic by professional ethicists
  • Challenges, and offers an alternative perspective to, the hugely influential U.S. National Research Council position on the dual-use dilemma
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The dual-use dilemma arises in the context of research in the biological and other sciences as a consequence of the fact that one and the same piece of scientific research sometimes has the potential to be used for harmful as well as good purposes. Discoveries that may lead to important advances in science and medicine might therefore also facilitate development of biological weapons of mass destruction. Scientists should be aware of the ways in which their well-intentioned research could be misused by others - and they should sometimes avoid research projects when the potential for harmful misuse is great. Policy makers must make tough choices about the extent to which the dual-use nature of research might justify increased oversight, regulation, and perhaps even censorship of science.

This book examines the kinds of life-science experiments that give rise to the dual-use dilemma and provides philosophical analysis of the ethical issues and policy options surrounding dual-use research. Though the dual-use dilemma is an ethical issue, the vast majority of literature on the topic thus far has been written by scientists and security experts: this is the first book-length treatment of the topic by professional ethicists. It also challenges, and offers an alternative perspective to, the hugely influential U.S. National Research Council position on the dual-use dilemma.

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....Welcome to the dual-use dilemma, which Seumas Miller and Michael Selgelid argue arises from the fact that "one and the same piece of scientific research sometimes has the potential to be used for harm as well as for good" (p.1) In this report Miller and Selgelid provide a concise, clear-headed and helpful introduction to the policy and ethical implications of the dual-use dilemma in the bioethical sciences. It should be read by policymakers and scientists. Many others, including students, scholars studying interactions of science, technology, and society would benefit from this pithy report.....

- A. Briggle, University of Twente, Enschede the Netherlands, Nanoethics 2009 3:75-77.


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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8312-9
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Softcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-8311-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ethical and Philosophical Consideration of the Dual-Use Dilemma in the Biological Sciences
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8312-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8312-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8311-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 76
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