Science, Ethics, and Technological Assessment

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CONTENTS
Chapter 1: THE NATURE OF SCIENTIFIC THINKING
The Obligation to Understand the Methods of the Sciences
On the Methods of the Natural and Social Sciences
The Challenge of Radical Relativism
Some Further Criticisms of the Scientific Approach to Knowledge
The Priviledged Position of Science
What Happens when Scientists Disagree?
Some Problems with Science and Risk Assessment
Discussion Questions
Endnotes

Chapter 2: BRINGING ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS TO PUBLIC POLICY DECISIONS
The Importance of Understanding Normative and
Applied Ethics
Some Inadequate Approach to Normative Principles
A Quasi-Kantian Approach to Ethical Values
Three Additional Approaches to Ethical Issues
Applying Ethical Theories
Values in Conflict
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Endnotes

Chapter 3: TECHNOLOGY: A BLESSING OR A CURES?
Introduction
What is Technology?
The Symbiotic Relationship Between Science and
Technology
Living in a Technological World
The Debate Over Technology
The Argument for Technology
A Few Arguments Against Contemporary Technology
The daunting Tasks of Technological Assessment and Control
Conclusion
Discussion Questions
Endnotes

BIBLIOGRAPHY
APPENDIX ONE: A Sample Project for Evaluation
APPENDIX TWO: Some Case Studies
INDEX

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Donald L. Hatcher is a professor of Philosophy and Religion at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

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