18 August 2010: The 2010 Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics was last night awarded to Dr John Forge, for his research on the social, moral and legal responsibilities faced by scientists.
Dr Forge is a Research Associate at the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Sydney.
His book The Responsible Scientist: A Philosophical Inquiry, argues that scientists carry a moral obligation for their research, whether they are engaged in applied or pure science and where the end use is unknown.
Dr Forge said science often treats the question of ethics as an inward-looking concern, as if it’s only necessary to ensure that the methodology is above reproach, rather than looking to the ramifications of the work. His said his book will help change this introspection.
The $10,000 Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics is awarded for the investigation of theoretical or practical ethical issues that contributes to an integrated body of work represented by a book, monograph or a series of related articles that contributes to the understanding and development of ethical standards.