ABSTRACT

The central idea of research ethics-that research should be done in a way that’s consistent with some objective idea of right or wrong conduct-is extraordinarily broad. In practice, when people talk about research ethics, they usually mean one of three things: one of two more philosophical interpretations of ethics; or the administrative and bureaucratic requirements for you to get “ethics approval” for a proposed project. In this chapter, we will discuss each of these three meanings of ethics.