This course examines the relationship between science and ethics.  We will explore the normative foundations of science, as well as the ends towards which scientific investigation is oriented.  We will also discuss the ethical obligations of scientists to society.  In addition, a significant part of the course is devoted to discussions about the increasingly important role which technology as a form of applied science plays in our lives, as well the ethical quandaries raised by the hegemony of technology in contemporary societies.  We will also look at specific issues in which science and ethics intersect in particularly acute ways, such as genetic engineering.

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