SpringerBriefs in Ethics

Foucault and the Human Subject of Science

Authors: Árnason, Garðar

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  • ​Analyses Foucault’s work on scientific discourses and their interplay with individuals and society
  • Outlines a Foucauldian approach to science criticism and ethical issues regarding research with human subjects
  • Discusses the ethical controversy over plans to construct a genetic database encompassing the entire Icelandic nation
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​This book offers a clear analysis of Foucault’s work on scientific knowledge and its relationship to individuals and society. It suggests a way of using Foucault’s tools for science criticism and resistance, while avoiding the pitfalls of vulgar relativism or irrational anti-science views. Two cases of scientific conflict are considered. The first considers left-handers as subjects of science, in particular studies which purport to show that left-handers die on average younger than right-handers. The second case considers Icelanders as subjects of science in the context of a partly failed attempt to construct a genetic database encompassing the entire nation.The book will be of interest to bioethicists and philosophers who are concerned with the interaction between science and its human subjects, as well as scholars concerned with Foucault’s work on science.

About the authors

​Garðar Árnason, Ph.D., studied philosophy at the University of Iceland and the University of Toronto. He is currently a researcher at the Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Tübingen. His main research interests include applied ethics (human and non-human research ethics, neuroethics, bioethics), free will, and the philosophy of science.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Foucault and the Human Subject of Science
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Ethics
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02813-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02813-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-02812-1
Series ISSN
2211-8101
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 107
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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