What is an Ethical Chemist?

Authors

  • Jeffrey Kovac Department of Chemistry, College Scholars Program, University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996-1600, USA;, Email: jkovac@utk.edu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2017.38

Keywords:

Chemical ethics

Abstract

Almost all decisions made by chemists, and all other scientists, in their professional lives have an ethical dimension. In both the practice of chemistry and the education of students it is essential that chemists understand the moral complexity of real-world situations, apply the relevant moral standards, and have the moral courage to make difficult choices, or the foundation of trust essential to the scientific enterprise will erode. In this lecture I will develop the fundamental concepts of scientific ethics and show how they apply to both the practice of chemistry and the relationship between chemistry and society. I will consider both day-to-day ethical problems such as authorship and the treatment of data and larger questions such as the choice of research problems and the social responsibility of scientists.

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Published

2017-02-22

How to Cite

[1]
J. Kovac, Chimia 2017, 71, 38, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2017.38.