We aim to develop a new, practicum-based science ethics training program which will be particularly appropriate for the diverse, practically oriented student population at the University of Houston. This project, "Experiencing Ethics", is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Click here to read more about this effort.
I. Pavlidis, A.M. Petersen, and I. Semendeferi published an article in the October 2014 issue of Nature Physics. The article, entitled "Together We Stand", articulates policies that will harmonize academic structure, function, and ethics in the team science era. This harmonization involves rethinking graduate education and research. More information can be found here. This paper has received press coverage.
|Professor Aaron James||
Mar 6, 2015
This talk suggests that "systemic risk" (e.g., of financial market collapse, or of ecological calamity) has a distinctive kind of moral significance. Two intuitive data points need to be explained. The first is that the systematic imposition of risk can be wrongful or unjust in and of itself, even if harm never ensues. The second is that, even so, there may be no one in particular to blame. We can explain both ideas in terms of what I call responsibilities of "Collective Due Care." Collective Due Care arguably precludes purely aggregative cost-benefit decision-making, and requires one kind of "precautionary" attitude in public choice. Read more...
About Professor Aaron James
Aaron James (Harvard PhD, Philosophy, 2001) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is author of Fairness in Practice: A Social Contract for a Global Economy Oxford University Press, 2012, and was awarded the ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship, spending 2009-10 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University. He was also Visiting Professor of Philosophy at New York University in Fall of 2013.