Deliberating About Race As a Variable in Biomedical Research (Original Articles)

Deliberating About Race As a Variable in Biomedical Research (Original Articles)

‘Race’ in research ethics is a thoroughly contested social construct and concept, and how it is understood and applied is not self-evident or clear. Race as a variable in a research protocol needs a rational and democratic deliberation, as its admissibility can seldom be settled by alleged ‘hard scientific facts’. Hegel proposes deliberation of the sciences that produces rational beliefs that ‘are not a matter of turns of phrase, allusiveness, half utterances and silences, but consist in the unambiguous, determinate and open expression of their meaning and significance’. (1) A conceptual analysis of deliberation and the intellectual processes required when encountering race in research ethics is provided, and whether this has constructive implications is investigated.

Deliberating About Race As a Variable in Biomedical Research (Original Articles)



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