The Ethical Judgment: Chemical Psychotropics

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Abstract

In the case of psychotropic and nootropic substances, evidence is
abundant that the pharmaceutical industries are violating elementary ethical
norms, implying a serious liability not only for company managements, but also
for researchers, laboratory staff, etc. Moreover, the rapidly expanding consumption
of these substances seems to have radical repercussions on society
and cultural norms. This paper points to three such further consequences: an
abnormal spread of diagnostics in human interaction (Section 7.1); a potential
suspension of the elementary fight for recognition (Section 7.2); and an everpresent
demand for perfection in both working and private lives (Section 7.3).
The question of responsibility for these developments is addressed.
Translated title of the contributionDet etiske skøn: Kemiske psykotroper
Original languageEnglish
JournalHyle - International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry
Volume22
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)127-148
Number of pages21
ISSN1433-5158
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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