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Ethics and Military Research

On the Moral Responsibility of Scientists

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This paper discusses the personal moral responsibility of scientists contributing to military research. A number of arguments defending the view that scientists do not carry any responsibility (or only a marginal responsibility) for the way in which their work is used are evaluated. It is argued that none of the arguments are convincing. Furthermore, some of the difficulties related to ascribing moral responsibility to scientists are considered.


  • Moral Responsibility
  • Individual Scientist
  • Military Operation
  • Representative Government
  • Altruistic Motive

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Ryberg, J. (2003). Ethics and Military Research. In: Booß-Bavnbek, B., Høyrup, J. (eds) Mathematics and War. Birkhäuser, Basel.

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