Research Ethics Lecture Series
Guest Post: Rock Ethics Institute Research Ethics Lecture on Postwar NIH Research Ethos and the Guatemala STD Experiments
By Kayte Spector-Bagdady* This piece, which originally appeared on the blog of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, has been reposted with permission.
What is a "private good"? Individual life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are commonly cited. Health is a fundamental private good. Some minimal level of material well-being is part of the "good life" envisioned by the founders of the country, but it is important to note that in the Classical tradition on which the founders drew, the good life, or "happiness," included more than material well-being. In this tradition participation in the life of society is commonly considered part of the "good life."
How can you move from ethical awareness to ethical action? The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State can help guide you and give you some tools to help in both your professional and personal lives.
The Rock Research Ethics Lectures Series brings discussion of key ethical issues in research to the campus community. These events bring up ideas that are relevant to everyone.