Knowledge and its integrity within a knowledge economy: ethics and wise social research

Harrison, John and Rooney, David (2012). Knowledge and its integrity within a knowledge economy: ethics and wise social research. In Kevin Love (Ed.), Ethics in social research (pp. 27-50) Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing. doi:10.1108/S1042-3192(2012)0000012005


Author Harrison, John
Rooney, David
Title of chapter Knowledge and its integrity within a knowledge economy: ethics and wise social research
Title of book Ethics in social research
Place of Publication Bingley, W Yorks, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1108/S1042-3192(2012)0000012005
Year available 2012
Series Studies in Qualitative Methodology
ISBN 9781780528786
9781780528793
1780528795
ISSN 1042-3192
Editor Kevin Love
Volume number 12
Chapter number 2
Start page 27
End page 50
Total pages 24
Total chapters 11
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Purpose – The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the roles of ethics and wisdom in knowledge economies and specifically the place of ethics and wisdom in social research in knowledge economies.

Approach – It does this through examining traditional theories of ethics, their application in the context of research ethics, and the origins of the current institutional ethics approval regimes. The limitations of consequentialist and deontological approaches to ethics in social research are articulated, as is the rise of neo Aristotelian virtue ethics – to which wisdom is integral. Questions are posed about several high-profile cases of past social research, and the extent to which these might be considered both unethical and unwise. Attention is then given to the place of wisdom in the practice of social research. Aristotle presents practical wisdom as an executive virtue that coherently integrates intellectual and ethical virtues to create deliberative excellence.
Keyword Research ethics
social science
human subjects
regulation
innovation
knowledge
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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