Review of For the Common Good: Philosophical Foundations of Research Ethics [Book Review]

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 32 (3):13-28 (2022)
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The principal goal of Alex John London's For the Common Good is to "articulate a new vision for the philosophical foundations of research ethics" which "moves issues of justice from the periphery of the field to the very center." At the core of this new vision is an understanding of research as a "collaborative social activity between free and equal persons," which aims to develop the knowledge public institutions require to establish and maintain a social order in which people may set and pursue their plans of life. Clinical and social scientific research are not therefore morally optional activities, in London's view, but rather the way public institutions acquire the knowledge they...

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


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