Scientific Minimalism and the Division of Moral Labor in Regulating Dual-Use Research

  • Steven Dykstra
Keywords: minimalism, labor, philosophy, isolationism

Abstract

: 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
model.

Published
2019-09-05
How to Cite
Dykstra, S. (2019). Scientific Minimalism and the Division of Moral Labor in Regulating Dual-Use Research. Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal, 9(1), 33-40. Retrieved from https://openjournals.bsu.edu/stance/article/view/1683
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