PSA2016: The 25th Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

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Citizen participation in industry-driven medical research: An analysis of the ethical and epistemic costs

As the majority of scientific research moves into the private sector, questions arise regarding the ethical and epistemic appropriateness of commercially-driven research. In order to keep these private interests in line with the public good some have supported a greater participation of citizen groups within the scientific research process. In the paper, I caution against this idea. Using three examples in medical research, I show that well-intended citizen collaboration has been used inappropriately to favor commercial interests in detriment of the common good that citizen participation was supposed to bring about in the first place.

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Manuela Fern├índez Pinto    
Department of Philosophy
Universidad de los Andes


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