Project Ethics: A gradualist-coherentist approach and empirical investigation

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Title:
Ethics: A gradualist-coherentist approach and empirical investigation
Duration:
01/03/2017 to 28/02/2020
Abstract / short description:
This project, which is within the DFG research unit "The Physiology of distributed Computing Underlying Higher Brain Functions in Non-Human Primates," examines ethical implications of research involving non-human primates (NHPs). The main goal of this ethical research project is to provide a gradualist and coherentist approach to weigh conflicting ethical positions on NHP research. Therefore, the ethical background for enabling non-arbitrary decisions in a situation of fundamental conflict has to be examined, in terms of theoretical issues, practical issues, and empirical evaluation. The theoretical issues focus on the theoretical commitments implied by the gradualist-coherentist approach, and the arguments within moral theory that may threaten them. The practical issues concern the proper framework and parameters for coherent decision-making, and the nature of burdens and benefits in NHP research. At the core of the project is an empirical investigation of stakeholder and public views on the ranked order of various research options with regard to burdens and benefits. These results will provide the empirical basis to examine whether or to what extent our coherentist rankings are acceptable despite different ethical backgrounds. The project also maintains, in open access, a collection of information about laws and regulations related to NHP research. Finally, ethics consultation is made available to NHP researchers, and project participants will engage in impact activities in order to disseminate results and engage stakeholders and other interested parties.
Keywords:
bioethics
Bioethik
animal welfare
Tierschutz
systems neuroscience
systemische Neurowissenschaften

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Managers

Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine
Non-clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine
Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine
Non-clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine
University of Tübingen
Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine
Non-clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine

Local organizational units

Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine
Non-clinical institutes
Faculty of Medicine

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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