The ethics of social science research

D'Agostino, F. (1995) The ethics of social science research. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 12 1: 65-76.

Author D'Agostino, F.
Title The ethics of social science research
Journal name Journal of Applied Philosophy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-3758
Publication date 1995
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 65
End page 76
Total pages 12
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Formatted abstract
Ethical thinking about social science research is dominated by a biomedical model whose salient features are the assumption that only potential harms to subjects of research are relevant in the ethical evaluation of that research, and in the emphasis on securing informed consent in order to establish ethical proxy. A number of counter-examples are considered to the assumption, a number of defences against these counter-examples are examined, and an alternative model is proposed for the ethical evaluation of social science research: a model which can cope with the systemic harms (harms other than those to participants as participants) which have been identified. This model is based on John Rawls's idea of original position reasoning and treats social science research as an institutional feature of the basic structure of society.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
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