Epistemological Presuppositions Involved in the Programs of Human Research

  • Anne M. Fagot-Largeault
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 28)


The present paper addresses the question whether there are areas of conflict between currently accepted standards of scientific research in the biomedical and social sciences and ethical standards implying a respect for human beings. One may view it as a conflict between two ethics: an “ethics of knowledge” (objective truth is the highest value) and an “ethics of beneficence” (one should seek the good for mankind); or as a conflict between two conceptions of science: “pure” science, and “other” science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne M. Fagot-Largeault
    • 1
  1. 1.Université de Paris, XNanterreFrance

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