Ethics Matter

To highlight the importance of ethics on every aspect of life Springer Ethics is regularly sharing a selection of Open Access articles. We select from across the portfolio and include agricultural, medical, business and technology ethics!

Most articles are free to read now, and forever. The latest selection shows open access samples for a limited time only! 

New Highlights: our editor's selection from October 2020

Browse selected open chapters and articles from highlighted Books and these Journals: The Journal of Ethics, Journal of Business Ethics, Neuroethics, Science and Engineering Ethics, Food Ethics and Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine. 

Download your free content until November 21st. 

Blog Post: The Anthropocene and the end of Progress

BSPS-earth-cluster © SpringerIn 2011 the cover of The Economist announced, “Welcome to the Anthropocene”.  Atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen introduced the term in 2000. It rapidly spread into wide use, yet remains controversial. Scientists vigorously debate the evidence; some argue that the term is a political statement, not a scientific designation. 

Dane Scott, Associate Professor of Ethics; Franke College of Forestry and Conservation and Director,  Mansfield Center’s Ethics and Public Affairs Program discusses the idea that Anthropocene marks the end of Progress.

Read blog here.

Behnam Taebi on Science & Engineering Ethics

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Scientists and engineers have an essential role to play in meeting future global challenges and in shaping our future societies. The world population will grow in the 21st century, while we continue to pursue higher levels of well-being. This will increase demands on energy and change the climate. At the same time, we see challenges pertaining to cybersecurity, infrastructure and mobility, an expect a wider use of artificial intelligence and the provision of clean water. 

In providing solutions to these issues scientists and engineers will encounter a host of societal and ethical issues. 


Blog Post: Some Information Should Cross Some Borders

iStock-963861046 © © Stephen Barnes / Getty Images / iStock‘There’s always more information out there’ is the seventh of ten things Google famously, and self-reportedly, ‘know[s] to be true’. The eighth is that ‘the need for information crosses all borders’.

Recent events, however, suggest that Google should think of combining and refining these principles.

Glen Whelan discusses Google developing a new search engine specifically for the Chinese Communist Party which could affect everyone who uses Google products.

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Hannah Maslen on Neuroethics

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Society needs neuroethics. Asking questions at the intersection of the mind/brain sciences and ethics is critical for guiding important decisions and policy across various societal domains. For example, assessment of how particular neurophysiological or psychological characteristics bear on an individual’s moral responsibility guides how we should respond to their conduct in social or judicial settings. Whether there are good reasons to restrict or encourage the use of various neurotechnologies requires a clear understanding of the ways in which these technologies affect our capacities and personalities, with what implications for justice, freedom, and wellbeing. Without neuroethics, decisions and policies are at risk of being made without proper assessment of the ethical values in play and the reasons these values generate. A clear grasp of science and technology is only half the story.