Legitimate and Illegitimate Limits to Scientific Freedom

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Ethically Speaking presents Dr. Heather Douglas, associate professor of philosophy at Michigan State University 

Some areas of research are off‐limits, and some areas of research are limited by strict requirements of ethically acceptable methodological approaches. This talk will address under what conditions such limitations are legitimate, delineating when ethical or societal concerns over scientific research can set some research outside the bounds of scientific freedom, and when such limitations are an abuse of political power and an unwarranted politicization of science.

Heather Douglas is a philosopher of science who works on the relationships among science, values, and democratic publics. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow and was Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh (2021‐2022). She is the author of Science, Policy, and the Value‐Free Ideal (2009), The Rightful Place of Science: Science, Values, and Democracy (2021), and editor of the book series Science, Values, and the Public for University of Pittsburgh Press.

More information about the Ethically Speaking series and the UCF Center for Ethics is at ethicscenter.research.ucf.edu.

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