For an ethics of promising, or: a few kind words about James Watson

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August 1, 2018 - 11:49pm

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ABSTRACT: This essay questions some of the limits that both science studies and bioethics have assumed in their engagements with technoscience, and genomics in particular. It argues that these disciplines have privileged an “ethics of suspicion” regarding technoscience, and argues that this is ill-suited to promissory sciences such as genomics. The essay begins to develop elements of an “ethics of friendship” toward genomics, using examples from toxicogenomics and behavioral genetics, to suggest what an ethics of promising might involve.

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Fortun, Mike. 2005. "For an ethics of promising, or: a few kind words
about James Watson," New Genetics and Society, Vol. 24, No. 2, August. DOI: 10.1080/14636770500184792

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Mike Fortun, "For an ethics of promising, or: a few kind words about James Watson", contributed by James Adams, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 1 August 2018, accessed 12 August 2022. http://www.stsinfrastructures.org/content/ethics-promising-or-few-kind-words-about-james-watson