From Ethical Review to Responsible Research and Innovation

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 13, 2016 - Business & Economics - 206 pages

The scientific and technological upheavals of the 20th Century and the questions and difficulties that went along with them (climate change, nuclear energy, GMO, etc.) have increased the necessity of thinking about and formalizing technoscientific progress and its consequences. Expert evaluations and ethics committees today cannot be the only legitimate sources for understanding the social acceptability and desirability of this progress. Responsibility must be shared out on a wider scale, as much in society as in the process of research and innovation projects.

This book presents the main works of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) from a moral responsibility point of view, for which it calls upon no fewer than 10 understandings to bring out those which are positive and to support an interpretive and combinatory pluralism. In this sense, it demonstrates moral innovation. It analyzes numerous cases and proposes perspectives that are rarely discussed in this emerging field (current practices of ethical evaluation, concerns of the integrity of research, means for participatory technological evaluation, etc.). It contributes to the pledges of RRI, which largely remains theoretically undetermined even though it reorganizes the relationships between science, innovation and society.

 

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Contents

Research Ethics Expertise
1
A Polysemous Concept
69
Responsibility in Innovation
97
Governance Devices and RRI Put to the Test
117
Conclusion
159
Bibliography
169
Index
183
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About the author (2016)

Sophie Pellé is a doctor in economic epistemology. Since 2010, while working on French and European research projects (Nano2e, GREAT), she has focused specifically on the ethics and governance of science and technology.

Bernard Reber is a philosopher and doctor in political research at Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, France, a CNRS research director and a member of the Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Cevipof).

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