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Ethics and HumanityThemes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Glover$
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N. Ann Davis, Richard Keshen, and Jeff McMahan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325195.001.0001

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Humanity and Hyper-regulation: From Nuremberg to Helsinki

Humanity and Hyper-regulation: From Nuremberg to Helsinki

(p.145) 7 Humanity and Hyper-regulation: From Nuremberg to Helsinki
Ethics and Humanity

Onora O'Neill

Oxford University Press

Contemporary work on research ethics often points to Nazi inhumanity and abuse of research subjects as a prelude to arguing that research on human subjects requires their fully informed consent. By contrast, the Nuremberg Code of 1947 demanded more robustly that fundamental obligations not to force, deceive, or use duress be respected, in order to ensure that research participation would be voluntary. Subsequent codes, such as the Declaration of Helsinki, set more exacting regulatory requirements aimed at securing highly specific and explicit consent. This supposed improvement may be neither feasible nor ethically superior.

Keywords:   humanity, inhumanity, Nuremberg Code, Declaration of Helsinki, informed consent, research ethics

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