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Conduct, Misconduct and the Structure of Science

Woodward, James and Goodstein, David (1996) Conduct, Misconduct and the Structure of Science. American Scientist, 84 (5). pp. 479-490. ISSN 0003-0996.

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In recent years the difficult question "what constitutes scientific misconduct?" has troubled prominent ethicists and scientists and tied many a blue-ribbon panel in knots. In teaching an ethics class for graduate and undergraduate students over the past few years, we have identified what seems to be a necessary starting point for this debate: the clearest possible understanding of how science actually works. Without such an understanding, we believe, one can easily imagine formulating plausible-sounding ethical principles that would be unworkable or even damaging to the scientific enterprise.

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Additional Information:© 1996 American Scientist Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. The authors wish to thank Kathy Cooke, Ph.D., for her valuable assistance in thinking through the problems discussed in this article.
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Official Citation:Woodward, James, and David Goodstein. 1996. “Conduct, Misconduct and the Structure of Science”. American Scientist 84 (5). Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society: 479–90.
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