Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics

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Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics Carl Mitcham, editor-in-chief. Detroit: Macmillan Reference, 2005. 4 vols. 2378 pp. $450.

Carl Mitcham has gathered together some 600 contributors for this extra-ordinary overview of ethical issues in science and technology. In almost 700 articles, which are sometimes quite concise, but may also run on for many pages, depending on the topic, the entire scientific enterprise is considered in light of correct or acceptable action. There are other reference tools that offer material on this subject, but they are proscribed in length; this enormous, four volume set covers the entire field in scrupulous detail.

Most unusual are the eight introductory essays including Ray Kurzweil on nanoscience and Valerie Miké on evidence. Among the general contributors are a group of truly outstanding scholars: Stephanie Bird comments on neuroethics; Arthur Caplan discusses bioethics centers; Amitai Etzioni describes communitarianism; Robert Sprague writes on misconduct; Steve Fuller offers thoughts on Thomas Kuhn; Evelyn Fox Keller presents insights on Barbara McClintock, and Tibor Machan critiques B. …

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