Introduction to Part I

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Introduction to Part I Simona Giordano The weight, value and transformative effect of scientific research are greater now than they have ever been. The nature of the moral scepticism that underpinned much late twentieth-century liberalism now bows to a scientific culture, where scientific method and the reliability of peer-reviewed results bear directly on our ethical norms, our national and supranational laws, and on social activities as diverse as farming, medicine, insurance and city planning. Science has thus changed the world, and has changed, as some of the authors discuss in this collection, even our cognitive and moral abilities. The idea of writing this book was formed a long time ago, in April 2014, after the Third World Congress on Freedom of Scientific Research, held in Rome and organised and sponsored by the Luca Coscioni Association. The editor of this collection, John Harris and Lucio Piccirillo have collaborated with the Luca Coscioni Association and participated in the conference, either as speakers or organisers. But the origins of this book are even older. The World Congress on Freedom of Scientific Research is an international ongoing forum, which was formed in 2006 in response to concerns in the international scientific community that scientific freedom might be hindered by ideologies that do not stand up to moral or rational scrutiny. In the early 2000s, part of the international scientific and bioethics community was responding with profound concern to innovations in embryological science; the European Union decided to take time to think about the matter, and...

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