The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780190668648

Jeffrey Kovac
192 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Oct 2018
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This book is an introduction to professional ethics in chemistry. After a brief overview of ethical theory, it provides a detailed discussion of professional ethic for chemists based on the view that the specific codes of conduct derive from a moral ideal. The moral ideal presented here has three parts. The first refers to the practice of science, the second to relationships within the scientific community and the third to the relationship between science and society, particularly the uses of science. The question of why a scientist should obey the professional code is discussed in terms of the virtue of reverence, after which the ethical issues unique to chemistry are identified. A method for approaching ethical problems is presented. Finally, there is a large collection of specific ethical problems, or cases, each followed by a commentary where the issues raised by that case are discussed.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Ethics, Morals and Ethical Theory
Chapter 3: Professionalism and Ethics in Chemistry
Chapter 4: Reverence and Ethics in Science
Chapter 5: Unique Ethical Issues in Chemistry
Chapter 6: Ethical Problem Solving
Chapter 7: Cases and Commentaries

About the author: 

Jeffrey Kovac was educated at Reed College (B.A, 1970) and Yale University (M.Phil, 1972 and Ph.D., 1974). After two years as a research associate at MIT he joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee where he is currently Professor of Chemistry and Director of College Scholars. Kovac is the author of over 100 publications including six previous books.

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