Communicating Science-Based Information about Risk: How Ethics Can Help

In Ethics and Practice in Science Communication. Chicago: pp. 33-54 (2018)
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Abstract

The chapter discusses two points of intersection between the communication of science-based information about risk and philosophical ethics. The first is a logically unnecessary bias toward consequentialist ethics, and a corresponding tendency to overlook the significance of deontological and virtue based ways to interpret the findings of a scientific risk analysis. The second is a grammatical bias that puts scientific communicators at odds with the expectations of a non-scientific audience.

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Paul B. Thompson
Michigan State University

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