Ethics and the Control of Research

  • T. M. Scanlon
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


The particular bitterness felt by the men whose interrupted projects were the subject of our inquiry can be understood in part simply as the annoyance and frustration of people prevented from carrying on their work. However, it is clear that they also felt a deep resentment at the charge that what they were doing was harmful and irresponsible, and that they were frustrated by their inability to convince others that their work was, as they believed, useful and proper. These are reactions that anyone might have to being interfered with and accused, but the men we interviewed seemed to feel indignation of a further, special sort. They seemed to feel that because they were doing research they had a special claim to protection from interference and criticism of the kinds they had experienced. This feeling showed itself from time to time in claims that in their cases it was academic freedom or freedom of thought itself that was at stake.


Violent Behavior Academic Freedom Political Consequence Private Research Intended Beneficiary 
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  1. 3.
    See Dr. Stanley Walzer’s remarks in “The XYY Controversy: Researching Violence and Genetics,” Special Supplement, The Hastings Center Report 10 (August 1980): 8.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. M. Scanlon
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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