A book by Roman Z. Morawski entitled Technoscientific Research: Methodological and Ethical Aspects has just been published.
Unlike the bulk majority of texts on philosophy of science and research ethics, authored by professional philosophers, this book has been written by a research practitioner for research practitioners. It is distinctive by integrative approach to methodological and ethical issues related to research practice, by emphasising issues related to mathematical modelling and measurement, as well as by attempted application of engineering design methodology to moral decision making. It is also distinctive by a considerable number (over 200) specific examples, drawn from various domains of science and technology. This book is neither a philosophical treaty nor a quick-reference guide for Ph.D. students in a desperate need to make their theses satisfy minimum requirements in force in their domain of study. It is intended to be a bridge between research practice and philosophy of science: encouraging to deeper reflection, but also providing some practical advice.
The readers of this book are not expected to have any philosophical background. In case of necessity, they will be guided through sources of relevant information, very diversified in terms of language and content, and in terms of the level of advancement; a mild preference is given to the textbooks in which experts have already synthesised information from primary sources. This book can be a teaching aid for students attending classes (both lectures and tutorials) whose aims are the following: to broaden general philosophical knowledge, to identify methodological and ethical issues related to conducting scientific research, and to outline the methodology for analysing dilemmas arising in this context.
The book can be found on the publisher’s website.