The planned program will provide a new paradigm for research. It will be broadly interdisciplinary and there will be close collaboration with scientific institutes within the UK and internationally. It will address cutting edge and future issues arising from scientific advance through working with scientists. These issues will be explored by using analytic philosophy and argument, from a non-partisan, open position. .
It will be engaging and inclusive of different perspectives. The analysis will be novel in identifying the normative theories that might generate principles of decision making in the new biosciences and describing substantive mid-level ethical principles for use in decision making.
The approach will also be practical and involve interdisciplinary metaresearch (systematically reviewing, organizing and analyzing existing research in bioethical, psychological, sociological and historical disciplines).
The approach will also seek to have a very broad impact including education of students and professionals; wide engagement with the public; contribution to law and policy making by working with government, research funding bodies, regulatory authorities such as Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, research institutes and hospitals.
The 3 research questions:
- What limits should we place on research, development and use of emerging sciences?
- How should unethical research, development and use of emerging sciences be prevented?
- How should ethical research, development and use of emerging sciences be facilitated?
will be addressed in the context of 4 broad subprojects.