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In favour of a millian proposal to reform biomedical research

Reiss, Julian (2010) In favour of a millian proposal to reform biomedical research. Synthese, 177 (3). pp. 427-447. ISSN 0039-7857

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11229-010-9790-7


One way to make philosophy of science more socially relevant is to attend to specific scientific practises that affect society to a great extent. One such practise is biomedical research. This paper looks at contemporary U.S. biomedical research in particular and argues that it suffers from important epistemic, moral and socio-economic failings. It then discusses and criticises existing approaches to improve on the status quo, most prominently by Thomas Pogge (a political philosopher), Joseph Stiglitz (a Nobel-prize winning economist) and James Robert Brown (a philosopher of science). Finally, it sketches an alternative proposal and argues for its superiority. The proposal has four components: changing the intellectual property regime; instituting independent clinical research; aligning innovators’ and patients’ interests; and enacting additional regulation.

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Additional Information: © 2010 Springer
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2011 10:09
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:41

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