Science, Cultural Values, and Ethics

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Abstract

Given the various crisis points in contemporary science, Science, Cultural Values, and Ethics presents a clearly argued and strikingly original case examining the interface between science and ethics. Grounded in the relevant literatures of scientific ethnography and literary theory, the book explores how ethics can be integrated into science from its inception in laboratory work. As a humanist entering the laboratory, Venkatesan Hays offers an analytical framework for viewing scientific values beyond achieving economic prosperity and through the lens of social justice. The book also enters into dialogue with Science and Technology Studies, discussing how social construction emerged as way of describing science.