Scientific Minimalism and the Division of Moral Labor in Regulating Dual-Use Research
: In this paper I examine the merits of a “division of
moral labor” regulatory system for dual-use research. I borrow an
argument from Thomas Douglas against scientific isolationism to
show that researchers must be morally responsible for resolving
at least some dual-use problems. I then argue that there are key
benefits of scientific isolationism that are preserved in a position
I call scientific minimalism. I then demonstrate that scientific
minimalism, in a division of moral labor system, succeeds in
maximizing both scientific freedom and moral efficiency, which I
hold to be an essential aim for any proposed alternative regulatory
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