SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Moral Judgements about Professional Conduct in Science
(Ethics, English)

The ideal of value neutrality in science generally appeals to epistemic integrity of research processes and research results. Closely related to this ideal is the assumption, that scientists qua scientists have no special moral expertise with regards to moral judgements about the object of their research, which goes beyond the moral judgement of sufficiently informed laypersons. The aim of this paper is to mitigate this line of reasoning, while simultaneously upholding the ideal of value neutrality understood as an integral component of process objectivity in science. I defend the view that scientists qua scientists -- that is qua their empirical and methodological knowledge gained through academic education and professional experience -- are moral experts with regard to moral judgements about their scientific peers conduct and character.

Chair: Sebastian Schmidt
Time: 10:00-10:30, 13 September 2018 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.007
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Alexander Christian 
(HHU Düsseldorf, Germany)

Alexander Christian is the assistant director of the Düsseldorf Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science and a research fellow at the Chair of theoretical Philosophy at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany. He is working in general philosophy of science and research ethics, with a particular focus on scientific misconduct, questionable research practices, and bias in medical research. Alex published about the suppression of medical evidence, the demarcation problem, and values in science. He also wrote about veganism, human animal studies and popular culture and philosophy.

Recent publications include:
-- Albersmeier, F. & Christian, A. (2018): ''Populäre Moralphilosophie und moralische Expertise,'' in: Noberto Paulo, prae|faktisch.de, link: https://www.praefaktisch.de/populaere-philosophie/populaere-moralphilosophie-und-moralische-expertise/
-- Christian, A. et al (2018, Ed.): Philosophy of science -- Between natural science, social science and the humanities. Springer.
-- Christian, A. (2018): ''vegan lifestyle'', in: Paul B. Thompson and David M. Kaplan (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd edition.
-- Christian, A. (2017a). On the suppression of medical evidence. Journal for the General Philosophy of Science.
-- Christian, A. (2017b). There is no right life in the wrong one. In The Americans and Philosophy. Open Court.


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