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Situating Ethics in Technology and Science

Much of the problems associated with the application of technology can be traced to the absence of any social science input into the foundation or structuring of science research in our contemporary world. Civil society interventions are almost invariably seen as irritants to science, while Weberian experts are expected to understand the social impact of the adaptation of new technologies. Conversely, activists and political workers too are often innocent of the methodologies and demands of science. A greater cross-fertilisation between these two will benefit all.

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Situating Ethics in Technology It is often claimed that the scientific community and decision-makers within govern
and Science ment and industry are ethically adrift, without even a tentative notion of what
  would be ethical choices in the face of sev
  eral options available for development in-
Rajeswari S Raina tervention. Naïve, yet powerful, conspira-

Much of the problems associated with the application of technology can be traced to the absence of any social science input into the foundation or structuring of science research in our contemporary world. Civil society interventions are almost invariably seen as irritants to science, while Weberian experts are expected to understand the social impact of the adaptation of new technologies. Conversely, activists and political workers too are often innocent of the methodologies and demands of science. A greater crossfertilisation between these two will benefit all.

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