Scientific Conscience – Notion and Contextualization of Scientific Responsibility in Schleiermacher’s Ethics
Recent issues concerning the relation of science and ethics are mainly debated with regard to manipulative misconduct by scientists and risk assessment, such as by innovative technology in biomedical sciences and informatics. Elaborating on Schleiermacher’s ethics, Frost approaches a deeper understanding of these issues tracing them back to the relation of freedom and responsibility. From this perspective Schleiermacher’s ethics seem to show the fragility of science as well as the risk of its instrumentalization. Nor the securing of productivity neither the evidence of its efficiency won't proof the social justification of science sufficient; its political and ethical responsibility has always to be taken into consideration.