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Volume 24 • Number 2

April 2010



"Mind the Gap": Beneficence and Senescence

by Colin Farrelly

Over the past four decades, philosophers have tackled a broad range of topical issues in applied ethics and political theory. These range from abortion and animal rights to multiculturalism, and the distribution of wealth and income.1 There now exists a plethora of normative theories (e.g., utilitarian, contractarian, egalitarian, libertarian, etc.) and principles (e.g., priority, sufficiency, inclusion, etc.) that moral and political philosophers can invoke to tackle a diverse range of practical issues. Yet, oddly, science and science policy remain relatively marginalized topics in moral and political philosophy. Few normative theories take seriously the question "What constitutes just science policy?".

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