Philosophy of Science Can Prevent Manslaughter

Philosophy of Science Can Prevent Manslaughter

Critical Perspectives

Open Access. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Published online 24 June 2022.

Andreas De Block, Pierre Delaere & Kristien Hens

Abstract In September 2020, the surgeon Paulo Macchiarini, who used stem cell technology to enable the transplants of artificial and donor trachea, was charged with aggravated assault in Sweden. In this comment, we argue that the Ethics Council of the Karolinska Institute should have considered issues from philosophy of science when they were brought to their attention, rather than dismiss them as irrelevant to research ethics. We demonstrate how conceptual issues of a philosophy-of-science-kind about clinical research and medical practice should be integral to research ethics.

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