Methods And Morals In The Life Sciences: A Guide For Analyzing And Writing Texts

Hardcover | April 1, 2001

byWim J. Van Der Steen, Wim J. Van Der Steen, Vincent K. Y. Ho

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Most researchers would be amazed to discover that opinions they have about cherished themes in biology and medicine are biased. Van der Steen and Ho contend that logic and methodology are not well applied in biology and medicine, arguing that the impact of social and moral factors on claims within these two disciplines is underestimated. In response to this situation, Van der Steen and Ho present tools from logic and ethics for assessing existing literature. These tools will help to create sound articles and materials in the life sciences. After reviewing logic and methodological approaches, broad guidelines are used to place science in a social context. Examples from life sciences illustrate the implementation of logic, methodology, and guidelines in forty-five brief case studies. Each study includes comments on quoted and paraphrased passages from a single article or book. Cross-references facilitate the assimilation of lessons from the text. Students, researchers, and scholars in biology, biomedicine, philosophy, and ethics as applied to the life sciences will find this guide useful in improving their research and writing skills.

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Most researchers would be amazed to discover that opinions they have about cherished themes in biology and medicine are biased. Van der Steen and Ho contend that logic and methodology are not well applied in biology and medicine, arguing that the impact of social and moral factors on claims within these two disciplines is underestimate...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:212 pages, 9.78 × 6.18 × 0.86 inPublished:April 1, 2001Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275971198

ISBN - 13:9780275971199

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?A rather useful source of ideas for critical thinking as a science. . . . Since the critical philosophical issues are commonly not discussed in scientific training, the book could make writers in the life sciences aware of problems they might not otherwise consider.?-The Quarterly Review of Biology