Ethics in Research: A Primer. Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein Department of Philosophy and Religion University of North Dakota UND Graduate Research Assistant Orientation. Ethics. (1) The study of right or proper action. It asks, “What ought I do?”
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Dr. Jack Russell Weinstein
Department of Philosophy and Religion
University of North Dakota
UND Graduate Research Assistant Orientation.
All Ethical Standards are Imperfect.
All Ethical Principles Are Fallible.
Definitions of the Good life are only possible in a coherent tradition and belief system.
In this type of ethical theory, principles and standards are imprecise and ambiguous.
These rules can be ‘revealed’ or they can be interpreted.
These standards can be based on ‘original intent’ or on contemporary interpretation.
There are many sources of ethical answers, and which source we choose tells us as much about ourselves as the answers themselves.
How we answer any of these questions
is based on many influences,
only some of which we recognize.
Ethics often seems to be the arena in which our biases are strongest and our prejudices are the hardest to see.
Responsible researchers ought to be aware of both the larger disciplinary purposes and their interdisciplinary connection.
Research cannot take precedence over the people it is supposed to help. Always be aware of relevant IRB guidelines and your Professional Organization’s code of ethics.
Suggested Readings: The Mismeasure of Man by Stephen J. Gould, and How the Dismal Science Got Its Name: Classical Economics and the Ur-Text of Racial Politics by David M. Levy