Expert Communication and the Self-Defeating Codes of Scientific Ethics

American Journal of Bioethics 21 (1):24-26 (2021)
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Codes of ethics currently offer no guidance to scientists acting in capacity of expert. Yet communicating their expertise is one of the most important activities of scientists. Here I argue that expert communication has a specifically ethical dimension, and that experts must face a fundamental trade-off between "actionability" and "transparency" when communicating. Some recommendations for expert communication are suggested.

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Hugh Desmond
Leibniz Universit├Ąt Hannover


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