The Interaction Principle

Alan Wertheimer

in Rethinking the Ethics of Clinical Research

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743513
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827145 | DOI:
The Interaction Principle

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It is often suggested that the researchers use of the subject or that the interaction between investigators and subjects generate ethical obligations for researchers that go beyond those to which the parties might reasonably agree. Call that the interaction principle. It is argued that it may be worse for researchers to use subjects and not provide those benefits than not to use them at all, even though subjects benefit from participation. Researchers owe more to those they use than to others who may be worse off. This chapter asks whether the interaction principle can be defended. Although the principle is intuitively attractive, the chapter argues that this principle is difficult to defend.

Keywords: exploitation; interaction; using people; obligation; deontology; pareto principle; special obligations; reciprocity

Chapter.  28189 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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