Sci Eng Ethics https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-018-0050-4 ORIGINAL PAPER Marcello Menapace Received: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 March 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Science is an activity of the human intellect and as such has ethical implications that should be reviewed and taken into account. Although science and ethics have conventionally been considered different, it is herewith proposed that they are essentially similar. The proposal set henceforth is to create a new ethics rooted in science: scientific ethics. Science has firm axiological foundations and searches for truth (as a value, axiology) and knowledge (epistemology). Hence, sci- ence cannot be value neutral. Looking at standard scientific principles, it is possi - ble to construct a scientific ethic (that is, an ethical framework based on scientific methods and rules), which can be applied to all sciences. These intellectual stand- ards include the search for truth (honesty and its derivatives), human dignity (and by reflection the dignity of all animals) and respect for life. Through these it is thence achievable to draft a foundation of a ethics based purely on science and applicable beyond the confines of science. A few applications of these will be presented. Scien -
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Published: Jun 4, 2018
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