Profession of Conscience: The Making and Meaning of Life-Sciences LiberalismBMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1418a (Published 27 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1418
- Peter D Toon
Robert Hunt Sprinkle Princeton University Press, pounds sterling21.50, pp 257 ISBN 0 691 03365 X
The notion that science is value free is false and dangerous. This mistake laid well meaning physicists open to the abuse of their discoveries for creating weapons of mass destruction. To resist such pressures scientific activities need a “profession-specific political ethic,” which for the biological sciences including medicine is “life-sciences liberalism.” This briefly is the thesis of Profession of Conscience.
Although Sprinkle does not adopt a virtue ethics approach, the argument is strongly reminiscent of the views of …